Overwatch game director talks diversity, inclusivity and Tracer's sexuality

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Overwatch game director talks diversity, inclusivity and Tracer's sexuality

Overwatch game director, Jeff Kaplan gave today's keynote presentation at D.I.C.E. Summit, and used the platform to talk about his team's approach to worldbuilding and character design.

Blizzard's team-based shooter has been widely praised for its diverse roster of heroes, including Brazilian DJ Lucio; Chinese climatologist Mei; and badass Egyptian sniper mum Ana.

"What's weird to us, is that Overwatch started to spark lots of discussions about diversity," said Kaplan. "It was a very hot topic during the development of Overwatch.

Cards Against Humanity gets official Mass Effect expansion

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Cards Against Humanity gets official Mass Effect expansion

Cards Against Humanity will get an official Mass Effect expansion pack made up of 14 new cards, co-written by BioWare.

The 18-rated card game, if you're not familiar, tasks players with offending/amusing their pals by creating question and answer combinations.

With the Mass Effect pack, you can now ask the question "What ended my last relationship?" and answer "Totally fuckable aliens" or "Space racism", the pursuit of ME squadmate Ashley.

Watch: Johnny cooks stuffed grape leaves from The Elder Scrolls Online

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Watch: Johnny cooks stuffed grape leaves from The Elder Scrolls Online

One of the consumable items on offer in The Elder Scrolls Online is the venison-stuffed grape leaf - a little parcel filled with meat and rice. One of our YouTube viewers asked me to recreate these tasty morsels for the latest episode of Chiodini's Kitchen, so I agreed - not because they're delicious (they are), but because there's something that really tickles me about the existence of these delicate morsels in the world of Tamriel.

I can speak from experience that making stuffed vine leaves is time-consuming and more than a little fiddly, so there's something about the image of a Nord or a Wood Elf or an Orc attempting to make dainty-looking parcels while wearing a full suit of armour that I quite enjoy. Anyway, you can see how I got on with the venison-stuffed grape leaves in the video below. If you fancy giving them a whirl yourself, you can find the recipe below that.

Venison stuffed grape leaves

Dead Rising 4 shuffles onto Steam in March

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Dead Rising 4 shuffles onto Steam in March

Dead Rising 4 comes out on Steam on 14th March, Capcom has announced.

The zombie kill 'em up launched as an Xbox exclusive on Xbox One and the Windows Store late 2016.

The Steam release, which costs £39.99, includes the X-Fists Exo Suit Weapon. The specs are below:

Xbox Games with Gold March lineup includes Evolve

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Xbox Games with Gold March lineup includes Evolve

Microsoft's announced March 2017's Xbox Live Games with Gold titles, and it's a decent lineup.

Headlining is Turtle Rock's 4v1 shooter Evolve: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One (16th March). Also on Xbox One is horror game Layers of Fear (1st March).

Xbox 360 owners get Borderlands 2, followed by Heavy Weapon. Both games are playable on Xbox One via the Backward Compatibility feature.

How The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind transforms Vvardenfell

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How The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind transforms Vvardenfell

ZeniMax Online Studios has shared fresh details of the people, places and lethal steampunk contraptions you'll encounter in The Elder Scrolls Online's new Morrowind expansion, due for release both as optional DLC and as an updated edition of the game on 6th June 2017.

Designed to last around 30 hours, the campaign takes players back to the island of Vvardenfell, setting for The Elder Scrolls 3 - a landmass 40 per cent larger than Orsinium, the ancient Orc stronghold that was added to the game in November. The hope is that it will serve as both a traditional expansion for existing players, and an entry point for newcomers - a bid to grow the MMO's audience that builds on the One Tamriel update from last year, which introduced challenge scaling so that adventurers could journey together regardless of character level. If you're picking up the new edition of TESO chiefly for the Morrowind content, you can complete it before moving onto the game's original main quest.

New Overwatch lore character Efi Oladele sparks an interesting theory

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New Overwatch lore character Efi Oladele sparks an interesting theory

Blizzard has revealed a new character in the Overwatch lore: 11-year-old robotics and artificial intelligence genius Efi Oladele.

She's from Numbani, has won a "genius grant" and dreams of building "something that can keep us safe". We know this from a short lore post on the Overwatch website attributed to fictional news network Atlas News.

Oladele will celebrate her win by flying away on a short trip with her parents, which sounds ominous.

Check out the super cool trailer for Narita Boy

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Check out the super cool trailer for Narita Boy

Narita Boy's trailer is one of the coolest I've seen for a video game in quite a while.

The 80s-themed 2D side-scroller features handcrafted pixel sprites, some wonderful animation work and an analog synthesizer-fuelled soundtrack.

The video, below, came out last week and quickly caught the eye. Now, its Spanish developer, Studio Koba, has launched a Kickstarter asking for €120,000 to build the game.

Jim Sterling comes out on top as lawsuit with Digital Homicide dismissed

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Jim Sterling comes out on top as lawsuit with Digital Homicide dismissed

The long-running saga between YouTuber Jim Sterling and video game developer Digital Homicide has come to an end.

The lawsuit between Digital Homicide's James Romine and James Stanton, aka Jim Sterling, was dismissed with prejudice following discussions between Sterling's lawyer and Romine.

Last year, Romine sued Sterling for damages in excess of $10m relating to various counts of libel, slander and even assault. The suit followed a high-profile spat between the two parties after Sterling had criticised Digital Homicide's first-person shooter Slaughtering Grounds.

Halo Wars 2 review

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Halo Wars 2 review

Halo Wars 2 has been designed, first and foremost, with a controller in mind. An improvement over even its predecessor here, it proves once again that real-time strategy isn't exclusive to PC players.

Unit selection is perhaps the best example of this. With a gamepad you can select units individually or double tap them to grab every unit of that type. If that sounds a bit fiddly, you could hold down a button and paint over those you want to control, or tap a shoulder button to select everything on screen. In fact, double tapping that same shoulder button has you controlling every unit on the map. It all works exceptionally well.

From that point, you can cycle between each unit type and give them orders individually, allowing for some basic micromanagement, or if you're feeling especially fancy: create custom groups and assign them to the d-pad. That last one is particularly great to see, as it's something we expect from the genre when playing on PC and yet Halo Wars 2 is one of the first games to make this work on the consoles.