Heroes of the Storm pros vent sadness, anger after Blizzard kills its esports future

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Heroes of the Storm pros vent sadness, anger after Blizzard kills its esports future

On Thursday evening, Blizzard Entertainment announced it was scaling back work on Heroes of the Storm, its cross-franchise MOBA, and moving developers from that game to other projects. While Blizzard said it would continue to work on the game and release new content, it was a clear sign that Heroes of the Storm will not be a priority for the company in 2019 and beyond.

For many fans of the game, however, it was the cancellation of the Heroes Global Championship for 2019 that hit hardest. Dropping the HGC — and the Heroes of the Dorm collegiate circuit — was a sign of no confidence in Heroes of the Storm as a viable esport.

Pokémon Go holiday event drops gifts for two weeks straight

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Pokémon Go holiday event drops gifts for two weeks straight

The third-annual Pokémon Go holiday event will begin next week, rounding out a very long year with a series of gifts for players. From Dec. 18 through Jan. 2, 2019, almost everything in the game is doubled — from candy to experience points — and special Pokémon will arrive alongside them.

Spinning a PokéStop each day will reward players with an Incubator, to use with the increasingly common seven-kilometer Eggs that will be doled out during the campaign. Players will also receive different bonuses throughout the event, with each one lasting four days straight before cycling out for a different effect. The schedule is below:

Civilization 6 expansion adds Canada and all things Canadian

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Civilization 6 expansion adds Canada and all things Canadian

Canada is bringing good government, courteous and neighbourly behaviour, and ice hockey to Civilization 6 with Wilfrid Laurier, the nation’s seventh prime minister and one of its greatest statesmen, as a playable leader.

Laurier and eight other historical figures are on the way in Civ 6’s Gathering Storm expansion coming soon. He has the “Last Best West” leader ability, which means farms may be built on tundra and civil engineering may be built on hilly tundra. Laurier also gets a discount on buying snow and tundra tiles, and double the extraction from any consumable resource on those tiles.

Why Super Smash Bros. Ultimate feels so laggy

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Why Super Smash Bros. Ultimate feels so laggy

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the most comprehensive and arguably the best-looking entry in the Super Smash Bros. series, but it can’t compete when it comes to input lag. According to detailed analysis from Gigaboots, which has analyzed input lag in a number of games and is quoted extensively in the game’s Digital Foundry breakdown, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the least responsive game in the series.

The group filmed themselves hitting a button at 1,200 frames per second, measured the amount of time before the character reacted on-screen and then subtracted the input lag of the display. This was done 30 times for every setup, and the results are charted according to the highest, lowest and average amounts of input lag.

Deathtrap Dungeon’s creator is trying to make a smarter ‘gamebook’

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Deathtrap Dungeon’s creator is trying to make a smarter ‘gamebook’

Deathtrap Dungeon, the classic Fighting Fantasy adventure by Games Workshop co-founder Ian Livingston, could be turned into another video game. Called The Hero of Deathtrap Dungeon, it would be developed for PC by Sentient Play, a start-up based in Austin, Texas with connections to IBM’s Watson project. A campaign on the hybrid crowdfunding and investment platform Fig to raise $200,000 has reached roughly 66 percent of its goal and has five days left to go.

Deathtrap Dungeon was first published in 1984. It’s a “gamebook,” a single-player adventure that blends Choose Your Own Adventure-style narratives with the mechanics of a role-playing game. Livingston tells Polygon that the book sold over 400,000 copies that year in the United Kingdom alone, while the series sold more than 20 million copies overall.

California election resolved with Dungeons & Dragons dice

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California election resolved with Dungeons & Dragons dice

In California, two candidates for an irrigation district’s board of commissioners ended up tied in November’s election and had to make a saving throw last week.

That’s right, incumbent Larry Enos Jr. and challenger Milan “Pete” Petrovich rolled a 20-sided die to determine their contest for a seat on the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District’s board. And the die was, in fact, taken from someone’s Dungeons & Dragons set. Scott Konopasek, assistant registrar of voters in Contra Costa County, said someone in the office happened to have it lying around.

Epic pulls overpowered Infinity Blade from Fortnite, says it ‘messed up’

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Epic pulls overpowered Infinity Blade from Fortnite, says it ‘messed up’

Epic Games announced on Friday afternoon that the Infinity Blade, Fortnite’s newest weapon, which was added to the game earlier this week and has been a major source of fan outrage since, has been removed.

“We messed up and rolled the Infinity Blade overpowered/without good counters, especially in the end game,” Epic said on the Fortnite Twitter account. “The Infinity Blade has been Vaulted and we are re-evaluating our approach to Mythic items. Thanks for calling us out on this!”

Capy Games’ Below already feels worth the long wait

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Capy Games’ Below already feels worth the long wait

If you’ve nothing going on this weekend, I recommend you take a look at Below, released today for Windows PC and Xbox One.

I should add some caveats to that statement. I’m reviewing the game for Polygon, but I only got code last night, and so far, I’ve managed to play about five hours. That’s not enough to give an unequivocal thumbs up. But I just wanted to pop in here and have a word, just in case you’re thinking of buying it during an atypically busy (for new video games, that is) December.

Rockstar giving Red Dead Online players more free cash, gold bars

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Rockstar giving Red Dead Online players more free cash, gold bars

Rockstar Games is once again handing out free money to players who have tested out Red Dead Online’s beta. That includes free gold bars, that game’s premium currency, as well as an infusion of cash for certain players. The announcement was included today in a news release detailing the game’s latest patch.

Players who have already participated in the beta, or who do so through Dec. 20, will receive an additional 15 gold bars by Dec. 24. This is in addition to the gold bars already handed out earlier this month.