A Beginner’s Guide To Watching Dota 2 Matches

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Dota 2's The International is happening now, and it's all gearing up to the finals starting tomorrow. With more than $18 million up for grabs (the biggest for any eSports event) for the participants, this is an event worth watching. If you're unfamiliar, however, with Dota 2's mechanics or the best way to watch, we've got you covered. This feature was originally published on May 11, 2015.

The MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre has exploded over the past few years on the eSports scene, commanding monstrous prize pools, consistent and incredible Twitch/streaming viewer numbers, time on ESPN2, and a ridiculous amount of concurrent players at all hours of the day across the world.

Learning how to wade into the MOBA/ARTS genre pool can be intimidating, and one of the best ways to get your feet wet is by checking out Dota 2 during the upcoming International tournament. This annual Valve spectacle features the best of the best teams from all over the world, with last year’s tournament boasting a prize pool of 10.9 million dollars. This community-funded prize pool has the potential to enter even more dizzying heights this year, as it is already sitting at 7.5 million with plenty of time to go. [Update 8/5/2015: Prize pool is now over $18 million.]

Watch Us Play Rocket League With Some Of The Best Players In The World

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Watch Us Play Rocket League With Some Of The Best Players In The World

Update: Our Rocket League live stream has concluded, but you can check out the archive.

If you missed the stream, you can check it out the archive below. In it, Game Informer editors and our current crop of interns all gather to play Rocket League, and later in the stream some of the best players in the world join our match to show us how to play, and absolutely wipe the floor with us.

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Replay – Mafia II

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After reading Jeff Cork's excellent breakdown of the newly revealed Mafia III, several Game Informer staffers engaged in conversations about the Mafia series, primarily about the vastly under appreciated Mafia II. Replay primarily focuses on older games, but given the high level of excitement in the office, we decided to travel back to the recent past to reexamine this open-world game from developer 2K Czech.

Matt Bertz brings his knowledge of the series to our silly little show, and we also called upon Jeff Marchiafava for no apparent reason. After Mafia II, we hear some deep thoughts from Dan Tack in our second segment. This week's show ends with another special guest – a blast from Game Informer's past.

We hope you enjoy the show, and if you happen to have any problems with the video player below, try your luck at YouTube. We'll see you again next Saturday!

The Great Gamescom 2015 Preview Roundup

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The Great Gamescom 2015 Preview Roundup

Gamescom 2015 is in full swing, and we have already seen big stories from Microsoft, Hajime Tabata, and Remedy. Our editors also got their hands on games like Star Wars Battlefront, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and more. We've gathered up all of our coverage in one convenient location, sorted by alphabetically by game. This list will be continuously updated, so keep checking back for more.

Assassin's Creed SyndicateBattlebornCall of Duty: Black Ops III
Crackdown 3 
Fable Legends
Fallout 4
Final Fantasy XV (Also here and here)
Gears of War
Heroes Of The Storm 

Homefront: The Revolution
Killer Instinct
Lego Dimensions
Lego Marvel's Avengers
Mad Max
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Also here and here)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
Quantum Break
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Star Wars Battlefront
World of Warcraft

The Stages We Want Released For Super Smash Bros.

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The Stages We Want Released For Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo continues to support the latest entry of the beloved Super Smash Bros. series through both free updates and paid downloadable content. To this point, we’ve received some new characters, stages, and Mii costumes, as well as some new community-driven modes and features. In the past, we’ve looked at characters we’d like to see as DLC. Now, we turn the focus toward new stages where those characters can battle it out.

With its Super Smash Bros. DLC strategy, Nintendo has released a mix of new and classic stages from Super Smash Bros. history. As such, that’s the way we’re approaching this wishlist. Check out the levels we’d like to see and let us know which levels you want as downloadable content for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.

More Than 50 Of The Worst Video Game Shirts Money Can Buy

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Whether we realize it or not, we've all worn horrible shirts before. In our early years, we were dressed in clothing that other people thought was cute or funny. You know, like a shirt with a moose on it that says "Easily A'moose'd," or another that simply says "Daddy's Little Poop Machine." In our teenage years, most of us wore what was trendy. I wore suspenders around my waste in grade school, and loved wearing a neon t-shirt that said nothing but "Rad!" Our adult years do us no favors, either. Enthusiasm for bands often leads to the purchase of a cheesy tour t-shirt. We also think we have a great sense of humor, and purchase shirts with puns like "It's Nacho Problem," "I Found This Humerus," and "Holy Shih Tzu." I'll let you use your imagination to figure out what is on those shirts. And let's not forget those hilariously inappropriate shirts like "My Pen is Huge" with carefully placed lettering. Fact: We're not as funny as we think we are. But, I think we can all safely say we are funnier than the people who created and/or purchased the shirts you are about to see in this article.

The Life Of A Destiny Exotic: Designing Gjallarhorn’s New Competition

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For the Taken King, Destiny is crafting a suite of new exotic weapons for players to fawn over and collect. However, not all of these will be acquired randomly; some truly powerful tools will require work to unlock. The journey Bungie took to create Sleeper Simulant, however, is nearly as interesting as the path players will take to unlock it. We spoke with a few of Destiny's weapon smiths to get the rundown on how Bungie designs an exotic weapon from scratch, and then we took the weapon for a test drive ourselves.

The Sleeper Simulant is a fusion rifle that will sit in your heavy weapons slot, so you know it packs a punch, since it needs to compete with weapons like rocket launchers and machine guns for your attention and use. Unlike most fusion rifles, its charged up blast can penetrate through multiple enemies and will ricochet off walls up to five times when fully upgraded. Think hand-held rail gun, and you're on the right track.

Live Stream – Rocket League

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Rocket League is the car soccer game that has captivated PlayStation 4 and PC players across the globe. If you've missed the boat on Rocket League to this point, today is the perfect opportunity to see what the excitement is all about as we're live streaming a ton of matches this afternoon. Join a group of editors and interns for two chaotic hours of boosting and smashing starting at 5 p.m. Eastern / 2 p.m. Pacific.

Psyonix's hit game is fast-paced and intense, and you can watch the action unfold live. We'll be answering questions and chatting over the course of our live stream, and there's always the possibility that we'll be joined by some special guests.

It all goes down today starting at 5 p.m. Eastern / 2 p.m. Pacific. When the stream goes live, you'll be able to view it here, or by clicking on the banner below. In the meantime, you can check out our Test Chamber of Rocket League and read Jeff Cork's review. See you on the stream!

Never Played Shenmue? Watch Us Play The First Eight Hours

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With Shenmue 3's Kickstarter officially funded, numerous people in Game Informer's community sent in requests for complete Super Replay playthroughs of the first two games in the Shenmue series. Several Game Informer staffers also expressed interest in either revisiting this series or seeing it for the first time. Since we already have numerous Super Replay projects in the works, yet wanted to get a Shenmue playthrough going now, we decided to record it as a crowd-driven experiment of sorts. If you like what you see, and want more of it, we'll return with more episodes. Just let us know in the comments section below or on YouTube.

Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Time Magazine VR Cover Spoofs

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The cover of this week's Time magazine is all about VR and Oculus Rift, and unfortunately the results aren't great. Thankfully, the Internet has pushed up its sleeves and made the best of it.

If you haven't seen it yet, it features Oculus VR founder and inventor Palmer Luckey awkwardly leaping in the air on a fake beach with no shoes. You can find it here. Unsurprisingly, the Internet embraced the opportunity of the strange photo created magic.