BlizzCon 2018 dated, tickets on sale next month

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BlizzCon 2018 dated, tickets on sale next month

Blizzard Entertainment’s annual fan convention, BlizzCon, will return to the Anaheim Convention Center on Nov. 2-3, the company announced today. Tickets for the event will go on sale in May, and this year, Blizzard is giving fans a chance to attend BlizzCon’s esports-focused opening week.

BlizzCon ticket sales kick off Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. PDT. Another batch of tickets will go on sale Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. PDT. Tickets for the two-day event will cost $199. Pricing and availability for BlizzCon 2018’s Virtual Ticket were not announced.

Fortnite’s enhanced ‘rocket riding’ could be a game changer

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Fortnite’s enhanced ‘rocket riding’ could be a game changer

You’ve likely heard of the “rocket jump,” made famous by players in the original Quake. Well, allow me to introduce you to the “rocket ride,” an exploit born of Fortnite Battle Royale. It allows players to fly across the map while picking off their opponents with sniper rifles, and a newly added weapon just made it a lot more deadly.

To rocket ride, players in a squad have traditionally teamed up to launch each other across the map using a shoulder-mounted rocket-propelled grenade. The practice isn’t necessarily new, but it’s very risky. One false move could wipe your entire party.

New Pokémon Go shinies discovered in massive datamine

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New Pokémon Go shinies discovered in massive datamine

One of Pokémon Go’s most active dataminers revealed a slew of new shiny Pokémon last night. Yesterday on his Twitch channel, a user named Chrales showed players their first look at more than 100 first- and second-gen shinies, which Niantic has yet to push into the full game.

Fan site Pokémon Go Hub has a detailed synopsis of the event, which isn’t archived on Chrales’ Twitch channel. He first asked viewers which Pokémon they wanted to see, before showing off every unreleased shiny version he’d found within the game’s code. Among these never-before-seen rare colorways are Charmander and its evolutions; Mewtwo; baby Pokémon Cleffa and Igglybuff; and Ho-Oh, one of the more recently released legendary Pokémon.

Watch surreal time-manipulation puzzle game The Gardens Between

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Watch surreal time-manipulation puzzle game The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between offers a gentle, pretty take on time manipulation. It’s a puzzle game in which two friends journey to a series of surreal islands, solving puzzles in order to ascend each one.

Players do not control the players themselves, only the timeline, which can be moved back and forth. This allows for a lot of fiddling around with lanterns, lights, bells and bridges. Really, it’s an observation game, a kind of kinetic Where’s Waldo?. It’s a game of observation and logic. Things are constantly moving around, and must be organized just so, in order to progress.

LawBreakers studio’s next game is an ’80s-infused, battle royale game show

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LawBreakers studio’s next game is an ’80s-infused, battle royale game show

Last week, LawBreakers developer Boss Key Productions announced it was moving on from that game, saying the arena shooter had failed to find an audience. Today, Boss Key revealed what it’s working on next: Radical Heights, a free-to-play battle royale shooter that’s coming to Steam Early Access tomorrow.

Radical Heights is entering the increasingly crowded battle royale space with a stylistic differentiator: Boss Key is infusing the shooter with a colorful, cheesy ’80s aesthetic. Radical Heights is also leaning into its murderous game show element — think Running Man or Smash TV. “Cash is king” in Radical Heights, the developer said in a news release. Players will fight for cash and prizes while attempting to kill each other.

Zeraora is Pokémon’s newest legendary monster

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Zeraora is Pokémon’s newest legendary monster

The newest Pokémon is Zeraora, an Electric-type mythical monster that will first appear in this summer’s Pokémon movie.

The Pokémon Company revealed Zeraora within the first trailer for Pokémon: Everyone’s Story, the franchise’s 21st anime film that will premiere this July in Japan. There’s just a super-quick glimpse at the Pokémon in the two-minute clip, though; Zeraora is just barely seen at the very end.

Overwatch League suspends player indefinitely over sexual misconduct allegations

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Overwatch League suspends player indefinitely over sexual misconduct allegations

The Overwatch League has suspended Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez indefinitely after allegations of sexual misconduct involving a minor spread around Twitter on Sunday.

Sanchez, who is also commonly referred to as DK and plays for the Boston Uprising, became the subject of conversation after a collection of screenshots displaying conversations between Sanchez and a fan on Twitter were posted. A statement from the fan, who is reportedly 14, accompanied the photos. Sanchez is 21-years-old.

Healer’s Quest gives the most unloved adventurer the starring role

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Healer’s Quest gives the most unloved adventurer the starring role

Do you like playing the support role in your adventuring party? The healer? No? Hell no? Well, tough luck, bub, you have no choice in the forthcoming Healer’s Quest, a wry, third-wall-breaking satire of classic RPGs that turns out to be a pretty good one itself.

I got my hands on a preview build of Healer’s Quest and wasn’t really expecting much other than a few good chortles at the tropes and tendencies of an old-school action (or real-time combat) RPG. But my encounters, mirthful as they were, quickly became teeth-gritting battles of attrition that had me planning my spell loadout and prioritizing my targets as if I was a wizard or a fighter on the offensive.

Tecmo Super Bowl’s ‘JoeyGats’ three-peats as world champion

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Tecmo Super Bowl’s ‘JoeyGats’ three-peats as world champion

Joseph “JoeyGats” Chiltowski of Philadelphia three-peated in the world championship of Tecmo Super Bowl last night, prevailing in a taut, 21-13 defensive struggle over a longtime veteran making a breakthrough run to the final.

Entering the tournament, Chiltowski, the top overall seed at Tecmo Madison 14, had been beaten only twice in the preceding three years of competition. Despite being only the second repeat winner in Tecmo Madison history, Chiltowsky represents something of a new guard — younger than most of the field, and not from a snow belt region.