What To Watch This Weekend: Overwatch, League of Legends' Summer Finals, and More

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What To Watch This Weekend: Overwatch, League of Legends' Summer Finals, and More

Before the fall season of tournaments and events can begin, we need the summer season to wrap up. And with two big tournaments happening this weekend and more on the way, it seems like we'll be getting a longer goodbye than usual.

First, The League of Legends Championship Series' Summer Playoff Finals start today. In North America, Immortals faces Counter Logic Gaming in a best-of-five showdown to decide third place after both teams were eliminated last week. Tomorrow, the teams that beat them, Cloud 9 and Team Solo Mid, will fight for the top spot. (Schedule / Stream)

In Europe's Summer Playoffs, H2K-Gaming will fight Unicorns of Love (which is a great team name) for third place, while G2 Esports fights Splyce for first. (Schedule / Stream)

Weekend Warrior – Making The Most Of Summer's Remains

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Weekend Warrior – Making The Most Of Summer's Remains

With only a few weeks left in summer, we're eager to make the most out of the remaining warm weather. Of course, that means we'll be playing a lot of video games indoors like usual. What about you? Share your weekend plans in the comments below.

Kyle Hilliard (@kylemhilliard) – I started playing Abzu last night, so imagine I will keep going strong on that. I also bought Mega Man X for the eighth or ninth time on 3DS (I lost count a long time ago), so I will probably rip through that at some point. That game is like my security blanket. I’ve also been playing Metroid Prime Federation Force, and I would like to see that game through to the end. Otherwise, it’s cooking, cleaning, and Pokémon Go.

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – Well, I have no clue what I’m going to be playing this weekend. I’m sure Pokémon Go will be throw in the mix, but I’m thinking that I should really go back and play more of Double Fine’s Headlander. I really like what I’ve played so far, so I should just finish it off. Other than that, I’m wide open to suggestions. Have a good weekend!

Iam8bit Releasing Limited-Edition Psychonauts, Broken Age Vinyl At PAX

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Iam8bit Releasing Limited-Edition Psychonauts, Broken Age Vinyl At PAX

If you've played Double Fine's Psychonauts or Broken Age, you've heard composer Peter McConnell's excellent work. Perhaps you like the soundtracks so much you crave their physical manifestations? Oh brother, is it ever your lucky day. Iam8bit and Double Fine are working together to release the two soundtracks on vinyl, including limited runs of each one.

The colored LPs are limited to 500 pressings each, and they're PAX exclusives. PAX West, as you undoubtedly know, is being held next week in Seattle, from September 2-5. If you're there, you should swing by iam8bit's booth (#849) or Double Fine's booth (#106) to grab one of the albums. Supplies are limited each day. The Psychonauts album is $35, and Broken Age will set you back $40. Better still, each one includes a download voucher for a digital copy of the game and soundtrack.

These versions are limited edition, as we've said several times already, but the soundtracks will also be available soon from iam8bit's store. For more gaming vinyl, take a look at our recent roundup of some of the coolest releases.

Facebook Streaming Now Live On Battle.net

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Facebook Streaming Now Live On Battle.net

Blizzard has released an update to its Battle.net client that allows users to sign in with Facebook and stream game footage directly to the social-networking platform.

The update was originally planned for a July release, but it apparently hit a snag along the way. Regardless, it's available now. Take a look at the video below to get an idea of what you can expect from the functionality.

Our TakeHey, that's pretty slick! Facebook may not be the most obvious destination for game streaming, but it's definitely a good start. And even the most mundane Overwatch match is bound to be more interesting than the latest political hot take from some weirdo you went to high school with.

Orange Jam Could Be The Downfall Of Hitman's Latest Elusive Target

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Orange Jam Could Be The Downfall Of Hitman's Latest Elusive Target

Hitman's elusive targets are limited-time affairs, in which failure means you permanently lose your shot. They've included politicians, forgers, and (of course) actor Gary Busey. The latest one is particularly tricky, since you don't know what he looks like. This sticky-fingered hacker does have a soft spot for something sweet, however, which could prove beneficial.

The Black Hat target is a mysterious figure named Owen Wagner, who calls himself Protagonist. You don't have any images of him to go by, but you know that he has a boyfriend who goes by "whitecap" and that Wagner also has a fondness for orange jam. Good luck?

You have 72 hours to track him down, starting today. 

Battlefield 4 Gets A UI Makeover On Console

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Battlefield 4 Gets A UI Makeover On Console

EA and DICE have tweaked the UI for Battlefield 4 on console in advance of the next entry in the series. In addition to changing the way that it looks, it also affects the way that players are able to join their friends.

A recommendation engine has been added as well, which will provide suggested maps and modes to players who are looking for something new to experience. The goal is to ultimately tie the various Battlefield games together, similarly to how Blizzard handles its various games on Battle.net. You can get a sense of how that might look in the PC image below.

The update is now live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Keep an eye out for Battlefield 1 when it launches October 21.

Dead Space Veteran Is Tomb Raider's New Game Director

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Dead Space Veteran Is Tomb Raider's New Game Director

Crystal Dynamics has announced that Ian Milham will be taking over the role of game director for the Tomb Raider franchise, a position that was vacated in January when former director Brian Horton left for a job at Infinity Ward.

“Adventure games have always been my first love,” Milham says. “When the opportunity came to join Crystal Dynamics, I had to jump on it. This is the home of Lara Croft, who is a legend in action-adventure gaming and a pillar of the industry. I’ve admired Crystal’s work for a while now, as they continue to deliver top-notch narrative and spectacle, coupled with deep systems and player choice. I’m very excited about where the studio is headed and I’m eager to be a part of it.”

Milham worked on the Dead Space series as an art director and was creative director for Battlefield: Hardline. 

This Trainer Makes A Fool Out Of His Pokémon

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This Trainer Makes A Fool Out Of His Pokémon

Legendary Pokémon aren’t nearly as fierce if they don’t have a trainer that doesn’t treat them seriously.

Giratina is said to come from a distorted world on the reverse side of ours. Probably the Stranger Things world. But see how well he performs in this video from Dorkly.

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SNK Working On Patch To Fix The King Of Fighters XIV Netcode Issues

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SNK Working On Patch To Fix The King Of Fighters XIV Netcode Issues

One of the issues we had with The King of Fighters XIV in our review was its inconsistent net code. Match connections could vary from impeccable to abysmal, and the on-screen connection indicator didn't mean much. There was also an issue which caused matches to play out in slow motion. The latter may not be the case for much longer.

According to a translation by The King of Fighters fan site Mad Man's Cafe, SNK producer Yasuyuki Oda recently posted on Facebook that the company is aware of the slow-down issues in matchmaking and are working on a fix, with plans to release the patch some time next week. Apparently, the online Party Versus mode is currently unaffected by the slow down issue.

You can watch Brian Shea and I take The King of Fighters XIV for a spin in our latest Test Chamber below.