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Overwatch Review

When Blizzard senior vice president Chris Metzen took the stage for the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2014, he showcased a flurry of emotions. He seemed alternately terrified and elated, and his relief after playing the first trailer for Overwatch was palpable. At the time, the cynic in me wondered if his display was genuine or if he was just hamming it up for the crowd. Now that I’ve played the game for myself, the truth is clear: he must have known he was unveiling something truly special to the world.

Overwatch is Blizzard’s first attempt at the shooter genre, and their first new property in nearly two decades. Taking objective elements from games like Team Fortress 2 and the idea of heroes and abilities from MOBAs, the game attempts a new fusion that the creators are calling a “hero shooter.” At its core, the game gives you 21 characters in
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Battleborn Vs Overwatch, How To Decide Which To Play

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It is a bit strange that two games under development by two very different studios end up being extremely similar and release in the same month. Of course I’m talking about Battleborn by Gearbox and Overwatch by Blizzard. A lot of the similarities end when you really dive into each game, and if you are stuck on a fence trying to decide which game to dump your money into, we got you covered.

First the Basics

Both games are being compared because they both do two things great. First they are both lively colored games filled with humor, and both decided to avoid the “realistic” zone most modern games go down. It’s a breath of fresh air and both games do this great. The second thing is the fact both games offer a roster full of unique characters. Both games have over 20 unique characters, and both have a
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Infiltrate A 70s-Inspired Cult In The Church In The Darkness

Richard Rouse III (The Suffering, Homefront) has a new project in the works, and it’s not what you’d expect. Titled The Church in the Darkness, it’s a top-down action-infiltration game in which the player must infiltrate and seemingly put an end to the devious practices of a South American cult. Part artistic experience and part 1970s cult movement inspired narrative, it’s an interesting-looking effort.

In The Church in the Darkness, gamers will take on the role of a former law enforcement officer who must stealthily make his way into South America’s Freedom Town cult, in an effort to check on his sister’s son. Of course, Freedom Town is not as it purports to be, which is something that is normally the case when it comes to such congregations.

What’s notable here is that things will change with each playthrough, including the town’s layout,
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The Man Behind Doomsday in 'Batman v Superman' has Been Revealed

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If your forgot what a large and great monster the superheroes in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice are going to be facing, this aught to jog your memory. Robin Downes, the actor who plays Doomsday, revealed that fact on Twitter today, letting us all know he played a part in bringing the character to life.

Very proud to release that I helped bring #Doomsday to life in the upcoming @BatmanvSuperman #Dreamgigs

Robin Atkin Downes (@Robin_A_Downes) February 26, 2016

This is also a confirmation for the people out there who assumed that it wasn't Doomsday we saw in the third Batman v Superman trailer. Several zealous fans threw around ideas like Bizzaro and some new villain from the new 52 as potential candidates for who we saw in that trailer. But no, now we know for a fact that Doomsday is Doomsday and not some other character.

If you aren't familiar with the name Robin Downes,
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Overwatch Coming To PS4 and Xbox One In Spring 2016

Overwatch, the upcoming team based shooter from Blizzard Entertainment will in fact be coming to Playstation 4 and Xbox One, in addition to the PC. Blizzard confirmed the arrival to console today, with a version titled Overwatch: Origins Edition appearing in a pre-order promotion on Battle.net. Its currently slated to arrive next spring.

It’s not clear on what this Origins Edition title means. The console announcement was somewhat leaked by GameStop yesterday, so it looks like Blizzard have had to reveal the title early ahead of BlizzCon 2015, which kicks off today, Friday November 6. GameStop had posted that they were now accepting pre-orders for a console version of the shooter. It was listed at $60. Gaming outlets Kotaku and IGN followed up with local GameStop stores, who confirmed that the retailer was accepting pre-orders for the title. The name was listed internally as Overwatch: Origin Edition which at the time had not been confirmed by Blizzard.
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Tfgp Episode 2 – A Retrospective

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Eric, The Fathergamer has been sick with mono for a few weeks now so we apologize for the lack of New episodes. That being said, here is another retrospective episode exclusive to Cinelinx.com and Soundcloud.

Warning: This Episode May Contain Explicit Content

In this retrospective of Episode 2 we have Eric, Melo, Ago and Mantia.

What’s in Your System:

Ocarina of Time (3Ds)

Donkey Kong 94 (3Ds Virtual Console)

Terreria

Team Fortress 2

Torch Light

League of Legends

Tiny Tower

Global Resistance

From Dust

Captain America

Kinect Fun Lab

General Discussion:

Free-To-Play

Humble Bundle

3Ds Virtual Console games

Iwata 5% pay cut

Ps Vita original launch discussion

Wii U original launch discussion

Disappointment in Capcom

Games they haven’t played but want to

Note: The website and email address at the end of this episode is no longer valid. You can now reach us on Facebook and Twitter or by emailing us at pr@fathergamerproductions.
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Team Fortress 2 ‘Australium’ Update for Dungeon of the Endless

If you been played Dungeon of the Endless during the ‘Endless Free Weekend’ back in April then you’ve helped achieve a wondrous thing. French developer Amplitude Studios have officially unlocked the all new Australium update – due to the stretch goals being hit – this update will be featuring new official Team Fortress 2 content and is available for all gamers who have purchased Dungeon of the Endless.

The Australium update picks up after a brutal gravel war, where four mercenaries from two competing companies are prospecting for the rare element Australium. With hard work and a little luck they’ll convert their battle-honed skills into cold hard earned cash, thanks to the extensive loads of Australium rumored to exist on Auriga. Each prospector is on the hunt, exploring, digging and tunneling in search of this very precious resource.

Meet the Team Fortress 2 Characters:

Pat Bates (Pyro):Nobody knows where this thing came from,
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Boss Key Productions partners with Epic Games on Project Bluestreak!

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Boss Key Productions announced today that they will officially be partnering up with Epic Games for their upcoming free-to-play game Project Bluestreak. Jump in after the cut to learn more about the game and how Epic Games is going to have an impact!

As always, there is a ton of news to come from Pax! On Tuesday, March 10th the founders of Boss Key Productions, industry veterans Cliff Bleszinski and Arjan Brussee, revealed that Epic Game’s Unreal Engine 4 will be used to power Project Bluestreak.

“We considered several options regarding what technology we’d use to build ‘Project BlueStreak’. Ultimately, we found ourselves coming full circle to my friends at Epic Games and the elegant solution for rapid and quality game development that is Unreal Engine 4,” said Cliff Bleszinski. “We look forward to making a top-tier product through this partnership.”

Project Bluestreak is a free-to-play first person Fps grounded
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Blizzard May Have To Change Overwatch Brand Following Trademark Dispute

Blizzard Entertainment has unwittingly found itself in the midst of an IP dispute after its trademark application for Overwatch, the studio’s recently announced objective-based shooter, was suspended courtesy of a smartphone app of the same name that had been submitted two months prior.

As a result, this “conflict of likelihood” may force Blizzard’s hand into changing the name of Overwatch in order to comply with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. First unearthed by NeoGaf, the documents reveal that the authority has withheld Blizzard’s application for the team-based shooter until further notice and as of the time of writing, the company is yet to respond to Innovis Labs, Inc’s claim. All things considered, it’s safe to assume that Blizzard will opt to change the branding of the game so as to avoid any legal action.

Overwatch was initially revealed during the company’s annual BlizzCon event in November,
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Steam breaks new record for concurrent users

At least one online community managed to thrive while the Playstation Network and Xbox Live struggled over the holiday period – Steam set a record for the number of concurrent users, thanks to its Steam holiday sale.

Valve’s digital store broke a massive 8.4 million mark on January 1st. Yet, according to Steam’s Game and Player Statistics Page, it reached even greater heights at 11am on January 2nd, with 8,500,245 concurrent users. That’s certainly a record-breaker then, as it is up from 8,020,700 concurrent users back in June 2014.

Steam’s annual sale is likely what kept people coming back to the digital store over the holidays, as it continually introduced new discounts every 12 hours. In September, Valve announced that Steam had more than 100 million active accounts, which is up from 75 million announced in January 2013.

Steam’s most popular game is Dota 2, with a peak of 879,827 players. It is followed up by
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Steam Breaks Concurrent User Records

Valve's Steam service broke a concurrent user record over the holiday with a whopping 8,156,455 users online at one time, specifically at 9am Us-pst this past Saturday says NeoGaf. That's impressive figures for a service with approximately 75 million registered users.

The service lists what games are being played. At the peak time it was "Dota 2" which ruled the roost and peaked at 873,114 players, easily ahead of "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" in second place with 349,626 players.

Both were far ahead of the rest of the competition which were in the five-figure range. Scoring high were "Team Fortress 2," "Football Manager 2015," "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim," "Sid Meier's Civilisation V," "Garry's Mod," "Counter-Strike," "Payday 2," "Warfare," "Arma 3," "Terraria," "Day Z, "Total War: Rome II - Emperor Edition" and "Counter-Strike Source".

Source: The Koalition
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Steam Breaks Concurrent User Records

Valve's Steam service broke a concurrent user record over the holiday with a whopping 8,156,455 users online at one time, specifically at 9am Us-pst this past Saturday says NeoGaf. That's impressive figures for a service with approximately 75 million registered users.

The service lists what games are being played. At the peak time it was "Dota 2" which ruled the roost and peaked at 873,114 players, easily ahead of "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" in second place with 349,626 players.

Both were far ahead of the rest of the competition which were in the five-figure range. Scoring high were "Team Fortress 2," "Football Manager 2015," "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim," "Sid Meier's Civilisation V," "Garry's Mod," "Counter-Strike," "Payday 2," "Warfare," "Arma 3," "Terraria," "Day Z, "Total War: Rome II - Emperor Edition" and "Counter-Strike Source".

Source: The Koalition
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Overwatch revealed at BlizzCon 2014, trailers released

Blizzard revealed to the world yesterday – via BlizzCon 2014 – what exactly Overwatch is, and what they delivered to the masses was a brand new game completely! Not an expansion for Starcraft II or another secret Destiny expansion from Activison as some people had expected, but a brand new Fps, which some players of Team Fortress 2 may notice faint echoes of their favourite piece of shoot’em up insanity. Check out the Overwatch trailers here…

Overwatch features a wide array of unique heroes, ranging from a time-jumping adventurer, to an armored, rocket-hammer-wielding warrior, to a transcendent robot monk. Every hero plays differently, and mastering their abilities is the key to unlocking their potential. No two heroes are the same.

The two modes of play currently announced are :-

Payload

The attacking team’s objective is to move the payload to a delivery point, while the defenders must halt the attackers’ progress until time runs out.
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Blizzard Entertainment Announces Overwatch

During today’s BlizzCon 2014 festivities, Blizzard Entertainment officially unveiled Overwatch, their first new franchise in close to 17 years. While a release date has not been confirmed as of now, the studio did announce than an open beta for the game will start up in 2015.

Rather than stick to their bread and butter, Overwatch represents a brand new direction for the team at Blizzard. Taking a cue from the likes of Team Fortress 2, the game is a squad-based multiplayer shooter. Grouped into two teams of six, players will be tasked with either defending or attacking either a payload or a base.

At the start of each round, players will be able to choose a hero to play as from a wide and varied roster. Each available hero can be classified into one of four categories: Offense, Defense, Tank and Support. You can find clips of each hero over on the official Overwatch website,
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Blizzard's Overwatch - Adventurous 6 min Cinematic Trailer and Gameplay Trailer

Overwatch is Blizzard's first completely new game unattached to a previous title in 17 years. Overwatch seems to follow the same template as Team Fortress 2's multiplayer fun fest. Character types follow into categories like fighters, defenders, tanks, and support, each balanced against each other in a kind rock-paper-scissors dynamic.

The designs and the worlds look really amazing. As I was not at BlizzCon to test it, I've gauged reactions to the game on Twitter. Warcraft movie director Duncan Jones got a little hands on time with the game and tweeted the following:

Shaking with adrenalin... Not about going on stage. Been playing Overwatch. :)

Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) November 7, 2014

The gameplay does look really fast paced and should please a lot of you Fps fans. Blizzard has focused on accessibility allowing the less hardcore gamer to still have fun. Blizzard released a six minute cinematic trailer that is a must watch,
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BlizzCon '14: Blizzard Announces Overwatch

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For the first time in 17 years, Blizzard has announced brand new IP in Overwatch, giving fans at BlizzCon the first trailer, gameplay footage, and details on the all new team-based shooter! Come inside to check it all out and learn more!

The game seems to be inspired by Team Fortress 2, and who's complaining? It features shooting, and classes, and awesomeness! According to Blizzard, a beta will be out in 2015 so at least we can rest knowing we won't be waiting forever to see the game! Sources are claiming the title is actually what was once known as "Titan" that was rumored to be cancelled earlier this year. Check out the full press release below (plus a nifty gameplay trailer too) for more information on the heroes and game:

In front of a live crowd of more than 25,000 BlizzCon® attendees and an expected online audience numbering in the millions, Blizzard Entertainment
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Letters: Sequels, comments, mystery TV show and lamp

Our non-interactive letters page is back, with more of your missives. And some of our answers...

And we're back! You've sent in lots more letters and we have carefully and cunningly put together answers for them. Considering we didn't expect this letters page to take off, we might just be lumbered with it now.

Details of how you can get involved are down at the bottom. In the meantime, here's the latest postbag....

Underappreciated Sequels

I have just watched 28 Weeks Later, and I was wondering if there were any other underappreciated sequels. Especially ones with random future stars in e.g. Jeremy Renner and Walt's dad from Lost.

Thanks

Jonathan.

Simon writes: John Locke from Lost was blown up by a vending machine in the original X-Files movie. Does that count?

Further underappreciated sequels? I'd go for A Very Brady Sequel (one of the best comedies of the 1990s full stop), My Girl 2 (genuinely!
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Battleborn is the new game from Borderlands devs

Gearbox, the team behind the much-loved Borderlands, have revealed their first game for the next generation – Battleborn, a first person Moba.

Battleborn appears to be an attempt at mixing the styles of League of Legends with something akin to Team Fortress 2. Gearbox’s Borderlands was already an interesting experiment, a mix of first person shooting and RPG elements, so they aren’t new to their weird and wonderful gameplay combinations.

Only being released on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, Game Informer explain the ins and outs of the portion they got to play. A 5v5 game mode called ‘Incursion’, which essentially saw the fusion of shooter gameplay with the strategy of top-down PC MOBAs. Battleborn also has a five player co-operative campaign, but details on that are unknown at the moment.

Thanks to the diverse settings incorporated in Battleborn, there will be a plethora of colourful and intricate heroes for players to use,
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LG 34UM95 Monitor Review

It’s rare that we see palpable steps forward with display technology. Sure, we get better panels, higher resolution, and all sorts of advances with specs such as G-Sync/adaptive sync, but we haven’t seen a fundamental change in quite some time. An entire decade has passed since monitors jumped onto the 16:9 display ratio bandwagon, and we really haven’t looked back since. Today, LG seems to be single-handedly leading the charge towards the new 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio with their new flagship monitor, the 34UM95. We’ve spent a few weeks with it now to really get a feel for it, and I think it’s safe to say that the future is here.

LG’s 34UM95 is absolutely impossible to ignore. The massive monitor packs a 3440 X 1440 resolution into a 34 inch diagonal panel. Calling it massive is, quite frankly, an understatement. I had cleared a large
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7 videogames that changed during development

From Super Mario Bros to Devil May Cry, we delve into the past to pick out 7 games that changed considerably as they were developed...

Odd List

The complex process of making a game requires the coordination of programmers, artists, designers, musicians and accountants. It's little surprise, then, that things can change drastically over the course of the months or even years it takes to make a game, and history is littered with examples of this.

Take, for example, Team Fortress 2, a shooter that went through multiple iterations and even changes in art style before the final version became a popular success. There are far, far too many other examples to list here, so what we've done is whittle our selection down to the ones we either found the most interesting or the most significant from a historical point of view.

It's fair to say that, without most of the
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