Hearthstone’s first new class since launch is a game-changer

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Hearthstone’s first new class since launch is a game-changer

Hearthstone has held steady at nine classes since the game’s launch. Each class comes from World of Warcraft and has its own hero power, a pool of unique cards, strengths, and weaknesses. While World of Warcraft would eventually add more classes, Hearthstone has kept the core nine.

Now, a new class is coming to the game: the Demon Hunter. Illidan Stormrage, the Demon Hunter, will be coming to Hearthstone in the Ashes of Outland expansion, along with a free campaign that re-tells his origin story and grants players the Demon Hunter deck they need to play the class in competitive modes.

Breath of the Wild fans held $1K ‘feed all the dogs’ race

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Breath of the Wild fans held $1K ‘feed all the dogs’ race

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s “Dog%” speedrun category — where players try to pet all 16 BOTW canines as fast as possible — has, in short order, become the most active speedrun the game has seen over the last year. That’s all thanks to streamer Pointcrow’s February “feed the dogs” race, where he invited 20 Twitch streamers who had no prior speedrunning knowledge to compete for a chance at $1,000.

The winner would take $600, with second place at $300, third place at $100, and fourth place securing a measly $10. Each entrant had two weeks to learn speedrunning techniques, such as clipping out of bounds and Bullet Time Bouncing, as well as the map intricacies of Breath of the Wild as a whole. And, of course, to feed the final dog everyone had to build an entire locale, Tarry Town. There are technically two dogs in that area, and if runners don’t have enough apples to fully feed both animals, one dog must be distracted from the apples ... which can sometimes mean attacking that dog.

Resident Evil 3 remake demo coming March 19

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Resident Evil 3 remake demo coming March 19

Resident Evil fans will have something new to occupy their time later this week, thanks to a playable demo of the upcoming Resident Evil 3 remake. Capcom will release the Resident Evil 3: Raccoon City Demo on March 19 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC via Steam, and Xbox One.

The demo will feature a playable Jill Valentine as she tries to rescue the civilians of Raccoon City with the help of fellow protagonist Carlos Oliveira, all while the relentless Nemesis hunts her down. The Resident Evil 3: Raccoon City Demo will also feature a special scavenger hunt; 20 Mr. Charlie statuettes are hidden throughout the demo for players to find.

Microsoft details changes for Xbox Series X wireless controller

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Microsoft details changes for Xbox Series X wireless controller

The console is expected to be released in holiday 2020, and with it, players will get a new controller, which is said to be improved upon the Xbox One controller “in smart, revolutionary ways.” Microsoft outlined the controller’s details in an interview with Xbox senior designer Ryan Whitaker.

Whitaker said the Xbox team designed the new controller with inclusivity in mind: “improved ergonomics for a wider range of people, better cross-device connectivity, easier sharing, and reduced latency.”

Nintendo streaming new Indie World showcase on March 17

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Nintendo streaming new Indie World showcase on March 17

Nintendo will broadcast a new episode of its Indie World livestream on Tuesday, March 17. Nintendo promises about 20 minutes of new information on indie games during the presentation, which will kick off at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

You can watch Tuesday’s Indie World presentation via YouTube in the video embedded above.

Minecraft looks stunning on Xbox Series X

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Minecraft looks stunning on Xbox Series X

Minecraft isn’t a game known for its incredible graphics. It is an incredible game, a sandbox for players to create all sorts of different things. But with ray tracing on the Xbox Series X, that might change — Minecraft looks stunning in an image of the game running on Xbox Series X’s with ray tracing effects turned on.

YouTube content creator Austin Evans uploaded a video on Monday in which he runs a tech demo of the console, showing Minecraft in action. On Xbox Wire, the company’s posted some images. The difference is noticeable: Lights reflect off the walls and floors. Lava glows, and textures have more depth and nuance. It looks dang good.

Xbox Series X tech demos show off fast load times, multi-game quick resume

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Xbox Series X tech demos show off fast load times, multi-game quick resume

Microsoft fully revealed the full hardware specs for its Xbox Series X on Monday, but it’s a pair of new tech demo videos that showcases what some of that speed will mean for the next-generation console.

In one video, Microsoft shows off shortened load times enabled by the Xbox Series X’s standard solid-state storage — a 1 TB custom NVME SSD, according to Microsoft. A side-by-side load of State of Decay 2 illustrates that on an Xbox One X, it take about 52 seconds to load the open-world game from its main menu. On Xbox Series X, that load time is slashed to about 10 seconds.

Microsoft details full Xbox Series X specs

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Microsoft details full Xbox Series X specs

Microsoft revealed full specs for its next-generation console, the Xbox Series X, on Monday morning. The company said the console will “set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility” — and the specs seem to support that.

In a letter to fans, Xbox head Phil Spencer detailed the Xbox Series X’s custom processor that’s said to be “four times the processing power of an Xbox One,” allowing developers to use 12 teraflops of GPU performance — “twice that of an Xbox One X and more than eight times the original Xbox One.” He also outlined the console’s variable rate shading and “hardware-accelerated DirectX raytracing,” as well as details on how the Xbox Series X will reduce load times — “more playing and less waiting.”

Classic stadiums with jokey billboards is Super Mega Baseball’s new style

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Classic stadiums with jokey billboards is Super Mega Baseball’s new style

Metalhead Software published the first screenshots for Super Mega Baseball 3 this week, showcasing classically styled ballparks that are a further degree removed from the indie sports game’s arcade-like roots. They look fabulous. But they don’t like a place that would sell me a foot-wide hot dog.

That bogus stadium billboard (only $39.84!) was my second-favorite gag* from 2014’s Super Mega Baseball, which inaugurated a franchise whose surprise popularity led Metalhead to discreetly back away from such cartoon motifs in 2018’s Super Mega Baseball 2. The zany player names may have remained, but their jut jaws, bubble butts, and Fred Flintstone bats departed. Metalhead understood these things created mistaken impressions: New players thought they were getting into something with wacky power-ups and alternate rules, and some veterans felt they belied or belittled Super Mega’s serious gameplay chops.

Xbox Live is down at an unfortunate time

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Xbox Live is down at an unfortunate time

Microsoft’s Xbox Live service is down for some users, according to a tweet from Xbox Support. The timing is unfortunate as more people than usual have likely turned to online gaming as they self-quarantine in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Microsoft’s Xbox Live status page is endlessly cycling its loading screen across many devices and browsers, preventing clarity into the actual status of the service.

“We understand some users may be experiencing errors with sign in or matching making on Xbox Live,” the Xbox customer service Twitter account stated, “and are currently investigating. Please check back here for details.”