Overwatch League Interview – Fleta, Offense For Seoul Dynasty

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Overwatch League Interview – Fleta, Offense For Seoul Dynasty

Byung-Sun Kim, who plays under the name Fleta for Seoul Dynasty, is one of the most targeted players by opposing teams. He is a proven game-changer, using well-placed sniper shots and rocket blasts to crush defenses, much to the joy of fans watching online and live in Los Angeles' arena. Kim's extraordinary play was one of the reasons the Dynasty jumped out to 5-0 record to start the season.

I had the chance to talk to Kim about his path into Overwatch League, what he wants to see next from Blizzard, and why the Dynasty ran into trouble mid-season. Like the bullets he fires in game, Kim doesn't waste many words, and gets right to the point with his answers.

What games did you play prior to Overwatch? Did you compete in any of them?
Before Overwatch, I played League of Legends, FIFA Online, and Sudden Attack, but I was just slightly above average in those games.

When did you know you had a chance to turn Overwatch into a career?

After I started playing [Overwatch], one of my friends invited me to join his team, and I realized I had some potential in the game, so I pursued the dream of becoming a professional esports player.

Print Your Own 3D Starships From Star Trek Online In March

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Print Your Own 3D Starships From Star Trek Online In March

Publisher Perfect World and developer Cryptic Studios today announced a partnership with the company Mixed Dimensions, with the goal of introducing custom 3D-printed Star Trek starship collectibles to the community of fans. The resulting 12” collectible ships are made of resin, and can be ordered in three tiers: a single-color version, a primed model ready for your painting at home, or a hand-painted version painted by the artists at Mixed Dimensions.

Players will be able to design their own ship in Star Trek Online, and then upload their design to the Mixed Dimensions GamePrint website for printing. The functionality will also allow fans to order completed models that represent 20 of Star Trek Online’s most popular ships. 

No pricing has been announced, but Star Trek fans and Star Trek Online players can look forward to the 3D-printed ships to launch sometime in March. 

Finding Relief In Overwatch – Chronic Pain And Gaming

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Finding Relief In Overwatch – Chronic Pain And Gaming

You can never anticipate every curveball life throws at you, and sometimes the perfect video games just appear during your time of need. That's how it was for me and Overwatch. Blizzard's first-person shooter became a positive force amid my hardest years.

I've never had the strongest constitution score, as I've been battling an autoimmune disorder for over a decade now, but 2016 was a bigger challenge than I'd ever faced. I watched my health decline and problems without solutions continued to pile up. My life went into complete disarray because of this, a revolving door of doctor appointments that provided few answers and more exasperation. I felt so awful I couldn't even muster the energy to hang out with friends. I struggled to just be present in front of people, and I was in too much pain to do anything strenuous. I've always been ambitious, but that year saw important obligations of mine fall to the wayside. It was like my entire body had just shut down, and no matter how hard I fought, I couldn't win.

The Sports Desk – Another Lean Year For Sports Games On Switch?

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The Sports Desk – Another Lean Year For Sports Games On Switch?

Things are going great for Nintendo and the Switch system. It seems like every day during the recent holiday season, the system was breaking a record and getting good news. That's wonderful for the platform, but I think sports software on the system is a different story. While FIFA 18 and NBA 2K18 in particular where surprisingly decent games (even though they weren't up to snuff with the versions on other consoles), they aren't enough to cover the genre on the Switch. Many have pointed to the console's success and recent comments from executives at both EA and Take-Two as indications that everything is fine, but the pessimist in me believes this year will be another uneven year for sports titles on the system.

EA – with its Madden, NBA Live, NHL, FIFA, and other franchises – is clearly the bellwether for sports titles, and until we see other franchises join FIFA on the console, the genre will continue to be an afterthought. Madden in particular is the star here in America, but in the Switch's current context, even Madden isn't going to be a likely release.

A Guide To Surviving Kingdom Come: Deliverance

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A Guide To Surviving Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an absolutely massive and complicated RPG that aims for historical accuracy. The game's opening hours are also absolutely brutal in how weak your protagonist, a blacksmith's son named Henry, is and how complicated some of the systems are. We're 60 hours into reviewing the game and still aren't ready to dish out a final verdict, but we have learned some invaluable lessons along the way.

If you've already made up your mind to venture into Bohemia, here's a list of pointers that will save you some grief early on.

Exploration & Quests1. The game doesn't open up for the first two hours. You'll know when it does. Once that happens, don't pursue the main storyline doggedly. Also, do side quests. These are important not just because they give you opportunities for money and to hone your skills, but they literally teach you new skills like pickpocketing and reading, which can't be unlocked otherwise.

Take A Closer Look At Metro Exodus' Landscapes And Seasons With Exclusive Concept Art

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Take A Closer Look At Metro Exodus' Landscapes And Seasons With Exclusive Concept Art

The Metro series has rightfully earned praise over the years for its eye-popping visuals. However, most of the environments have often taken placed in cramped, dark spaces. With Metro going much bigger with open-world, the spaces the player inhabit are changing radically, trading sewers and tunnels for icy plains and mountains. This week we're taking a look at the concept art of the places Artyom visits in Exodus, as well as some of the foes he encounters.

The game kicks off in the winter, with Artyom and the Spartans leaving Moscow. Metro's always been good at making Russia's capital look fantastic, but Exodus' shots of the city are breathtaking, doing justice by this beautiful concept art.

Spring finds Artyom and company on some icy plains near a lift bridge. The majority of gameplay footage we saw during our took place here, and was filled with broken buildings containing bandits and cultists who worship a giant fish in a lake (don't ask).

Watch Our Complete Game Club Discussion On Monster Hunter: World

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Watch Our Complete Game Club Discussion On Monster Hunter: World


Update: With the latest episode of The GI Show, we concluded our GI Game Club discussion of Monster Hunter: World with the community. Thanks to everybody that played alongside us and sent in so many wonderful emails, you all rock. You can watch the full archives of our discussions below or listen to the audio version by clicking here

Part 1: Watch us talk about learning how to play the game and the low rank hunts.

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Super Replay – Vampire Hunter D Episode 8

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Super Replay – Vampire Hunter D Episode 8

Our playthrough of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 is the most successful Super Replay to date. One thing became abundantly clear: You love watching us suffer while playing broken games. From the comments I read, a good number of you expected we would play another Sonic game for the annual 12.31 Super Replay. As tempting as that idea was, we decided to flip the script again, and do something completely different. Playing a survival horror game without Tim Turi still feels wrong. Playing another Sonic game just feels wrong, period. So we decided to turn our sights on the anime crowd, a pocket of loyal fans Replay hasn't mocked enough.

The one game that bubbled to the surface was Vampire Hunter D, a little-known PlayStation relic that launched on September 25, 2000. Developed by Victor Interactive Software and published by Jaleco, Vampire Hunter D is a game about a powerful talking hand that is attached to a vampire. I don't want to give away much more than that. The only other thing I will say is, we're having a terrible good time playing it. As always, we hope you enjoy this year's pick. It's unexpected, I know, but that's how these 12.31 Super Replays should be.

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Replay – The Winter Olympics Spectacular

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Replay – The Winter Olympics Spectacular

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games are in full swing, so the GI staff decided to take a stroll through the history of Olympic video games. Warning, some of these are not good.

Join Andrew Reiner, Ben Reeves, and Leo Vader as they suffer through a collection of dated Olympic-themed mini games. These week, we're also joined by Thomas Hankins who won a spot on Replay for helping us raise over $61,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare during our Extra Life livestream last year. The Olympic theme was actually his idea, so it's his fault if you don't like this week's episode.

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