Weekend Warrior – Webbing Up Loose Ends

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Weekend Warrior – Webbing Up Loose Ends

Everyone is racing to catch up on recent releases before the onslaught of fantastic games next month. Mostly, that means Spider-Man or Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but Javy “the cool guy” Gwaltney is bucking the trend while Suriel is just babbling nonsense for the second week in a row. Maybe we should get him to a doctor?

Let us know what you’ll be up to this weekend in the comments below!

Brian Shea (@brianpshea) – This weekend is mostly focused on continuing my careers in NBA 2K19 and Madden NFL 19. When I’m not pretending to be more athletic than I am, I’ll probably pretend I’m more adventurous than I actually am by playing Tomb Raider.

Overwatch's Torbjörn Undergoing A Major Rework

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Overwatch's Torbjörn Undergoing A Major Rework

Every good defense needs a Torbjörn. People panic in Overwatch when they're getting shot at and Torbjörn's turrets are very good at shooting at people. But for the most part, the tiny Santa Claus has not changed much since the game release. Now, according to Jeff Kaplan, we're going to start seeing more changes for the gruff old mechanic.

It's not a drastic change, Kaplan warns, but completely eliminating armor and scraps seems pretty drastic to me. Torbjörn replaces those abilities with Overload, which is a less intense version of his previous Ult. He moves faster, takes more hits, and shoots at a higher rate of speed.

This also means turret upgrading is completely gone, as well. Torbjörn can toss out a turret, which will build itself over three seconds, up to the equivalent damage of a level 2 turret. It can't be upgraded past that, but hitting it with the hammer still repairs it.

Rumor: New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Possibly Leaked Through Screenshot

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Rumor: New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Possibly Leaked Through Screenshot

On social media and image boards today, a screenshot that purports to be from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate showing a new character for the game. The shot, which you can see below, seemingly shows Street Fighter's Ken standing among several other characters from the game on the game's Splatoon stage.

While we cannot verify the screenshot as real, it is worth noting that the Ken model seen here does not appear to be from any other game. It also looks different enough from Ryu's appearance in Smash Bros. that creating an edit likely wouldn't be that easy. If it's fake, someone went through some effort to make it.

Ken's foot clipping through the ramp is also an odd detail and does appear to happen to characters who stand on the ramp in Moray Towers.

Rumor: New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Possibly Leaked Through Screenshot

about X hours ago from
Rumor: New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Possibly Leaked Through Screenshot

On social media and image boards today, a screenshot that purports to be from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate showing a new character for the game. The shot, which you can see below, seemingly shows Street Fighter's Ken standing among several other characters from the game on the game's Splatoon stage.

While we cannot verify the screenshot as real, it is worth noting that the Ken model seen here does not appear to be from any other game. It also looks different enough from Ryu's appearance in Smash Bros. that creating an edit likely wouldn't be that easy. If it's fake, someone went through some effort to make it.

Ken's foot clipping through the ramp is also an odd detail and does appear to happen to characters who stand on the ramp in Moray Towers.

Twitch Streaming Service Has Been Blocked In China

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Twitch Streaming Service Has Been Blocked In China

This August, the Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games (a pan-Asian multi-sport tournament) were held in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang. For the first time in the games’ history, esports were included among the various sporting events. As China took home two gold medals, and esports made their debut, many Chinese and gamers around the world were eager to watch the tournament. Unfortunately they could not because state-run media, CCTV, did not broadcast the event. In turn, many Chinese citizens flocked to Twitch to watch the games, resulting in a massive spike in downloads for the streaming site.

In response, and since yesterday, Twitch’s website has become inaccessible in China, and its app is no longer available in the country’s iOS App Store, suggesting that Chinese authorities deliberatly moved to censor the streaming service.

According to The Verge’s Shannon Liao, this block follows a regular pattern by Chinese censors who, as a precaution, will block Western media platforms that become too popular.

Fortnite Had Its Biggest Month Ever In August

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Fortnite Had Its Biggest Month Ever In August

August was a great month for Fortnite, reportedly attracting 78.3 million unique players across all platforms. Even for Epic’s extremely popular battle royale game, that is an all time high. The game’s makers are using the data gleaned from the increased traffic to improve Fortnite’s servers and critical systems before the start of season 6.

Epic coupled this record-breaking news with a quick update on the Fall Skirmish kicking off this week. The competition will span six weeks and finish during TwitchCon at the end of October. The first skirmish is “Hold the Throne Duos." Teams of two will try to rack up enough points by placing above 5th place or making eliminations to rank in the in the top twenty at the end of six matches. The final Fall Skirmish champion will be awarded $10,000,000 in prize money. 

Want to learn more about Fortnite? Check out Game Informer's review here

Narrative Adventure Studio Telltale Games Seemingly Closes Down

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Narrative Adventure Studio Telltale Games Seemingly Closes Down

A number of Telltale Games' employees have posted on social media today indicating that they are looking for work, with many sharing both publicly and privately that Telltale has either closed its doors or is suffering its largest layoff so far.

We have reached out to Telltale for clarification, but did not receive anything back by the time of writing. It appears from the sheer number of developers that are seeking employment, however, that the company will have to make a public statement sooner rather than later. 

Less than a year ago, the studio laid off over a quarter of its workforce under the auspices of a necessary restructuring plan while a drama-filled game of musical chairs for the company's leadership played out in the background. Telltale has been saying in the time since that they hope to focus on quality over quantity and released the first episode of the final season of The Walking Dead just a short while ago.

Narrative Adventure Studio Telltale Games Essentially Closes Down

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Narrative Adventure Studio Telltale Games Essentially Closes Down

Update: Sources tell us that all projects planned after The Walking Dead have been cancelled.

The original story is as follows:

A number of Telltale Games' employees have posted on social media today indicating that they are looking for work, with many sharing both publicly and privately that Telltale has either closed its doors or is suffering its largest layoff so far.

Report: Netflix In Talks For Diablo Animated Series

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Report: Netflix In Talks For Diablo Animated Series

Hot off the heels of the successful Castlevania animated series, Netflix might be looking to add another video game adaptation to its library in the form of Blizzard's Diablo.

Andrew Cosby, founder of comics publisher Boom! Studios, tweeted on Wednesday that he's in talks to write the series in collaboration with Netflix and Activision-Blizzard. While the tweet has since been deleted, likely because it was publicly referring to a project that has not been announced, Variety managed to catch and report on it

Judging by Cosby's pedigree as the writer of the new Hellboy reboot and Netflix's penchant for more adult animation, Castlevania included, a Diablo series would likely veer toward the more mature end of the animation spectrum in terms of subject matter and violence. Seeing as how it's only in talks right now, however, it might be some time before we see anything from it.

This Is What Would Happen If Humanity Was Nerfed

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This Is What Would Happen If Humanity Was Nerfed

Inspired by the History Channel Documentary Life After People, the YouTubers at TierZoo put together this amusing and informative video about what life on Earth would look like if people were stupid (I mean even stuipier, zing). However, this video takes that idea and also looks at it through the lens of video games. If you're a gamer, you'll get a kick out of these amusing comparisons.