Monday, 8 January 2018

The Station Is Now Available For Digital Pre-order And Pre-download On Xbox One

Content: The Station
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (02/19/2018 – 9:00 PM).

How would you react if we discovered a sentient alien civilization, challenging everything we know about biology, chemistry, physics, religion, and answering the questions man has asked throughout history? But what if this alien world was discovered in a state of civil war? Determining that the rewards outweigh the risks, an undetectable space station with a small three-person crew deploys to research the alien culture in search of a means towards a peaceful relationship. Unable to contact the crew, a recon specialist is sent to uncover what happened. What players discover will challenge their view of surveillance, imperialism and moral law.

Xbox One Pre-Order FAQ

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OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes Is Now Available For Digital Pre-order And Pre-download On Xbox One

Content: OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (01/22/2018 – 9:00 PM).

Based on the hit Cartoon Network show, this game stars pint-sized hero K.O. as he punches, slide-kicks, combos and power-moves his way through hordes of evil Boxmore robots on an epic quest to save Lakewood Plaza Turbo from the maniacal Lord Boxman. In this story-driven adventure game meets action-packed cartoon brawler, level up your stats to unlock powerful new fight moves, collect the cards of all your favorite Plaza characters and then call them into battle to unleash off-the-wall attacks across tons of crazy quests.

Xbox One Pre-Order FAQ

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Bayonetta 2 On Switch Will Come With These Changes

News: Bayonetta 2 On Switch Will Come With These Changes

Enough for a double dip?

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HTC announces "premium" Vive Pro VR headset with higher resolution display

HTC has announced the Vive Pro, a "premium" VR headset that introduces a higher resolution display than that of the original Vive, integrated headphones, and more.

The company says the new Vive Pro has been designed for "VR enthusiasts and enterprise users who want the best display and audio for their VR experiences". To that end, the new unit includes dual-OLED displays with a resolution of 2880 x 1600 at 615PPI. That's a pixel increase of 78% and a PPI increase of 37% over the original Vive's 2160 x 1200 display, according to HTC. The Pro's 110 degree field of view is the same as the existing Vive.

Vive Pro also includes integrated headphones with built-in amplifiers, said to deliver "a heightened sense of presence and an overall richer sound", and a redesigned head strap. These promise ergonomic enhancements and increased comfort, and include decreased weight on the front of the headset, a redesigned face cushion and nose pad block that block out more light, plus dual microphones with active noise cancellation and dual front-facing cameras "designed to empower developer creativity".

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Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut Is A Killer Puzzler Slashing Its Way Onto Switch

News: Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut Is A Killer Puzzler Slashing Its Way Onto Switch

Murder most portable

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The 'Overwatch' League App is Now Available

In the world of esports, few things are as fascinating to me as The Overwatch League. I'm pretty big into the competitive League of Legends scene, but it's always been a little weird to me how team allegiances are formed. In the "real" sports world, chances are you just prefer your local sports teams. When it comes to baseball, I'm a fan of the Chicago White Sox, just because they're my local team. When it comes to esports, things get weird. You might have a streamer you prefer and just sort of gravitate towards the team they're on, or maybe you just like their logo, or a million other reasons.

The Overwatch League approaches things a bit differently, in that they have regional teams with team names and logos that are more in line with what you'd expect with "real" sports teams. So, for instance, instead of "OpTic Gaming" in The Overwatch League they're the Houston Outlaws. The theory is that each of these teams will have regional followings, so if you're from Boston, you end up being a Boston Uprising fan. Many other elements in The Overwatch League is mirrored directly from the "real" sports world, like a season schedule, home and away games, player salaries, and all sorts of other things.

If nothing else, it's a fascinating experiment, as Overwatch is a massively popular game and I think Blizzard is solving some unique problems facing the world of esports. Additionally, if you'd like to follow along with the development of The Overwatch league, stream games, and everything else you would ever need to be a professional Overwatch fan, go ahead and grab the app. Hopefully as the league expands we'll get a team in Chicago, as it's a little lame how there's two Los Angeles teams and the closest thing to a Midwestern team is the two teams in Texas?

The first official season kicks off on January 10th, and to see the schedule you can either check the app or view their schedule over on the Overwatch web site.

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Random: This Woman Loves Tetris So Much She's Going To Marry Her Copy

Random: Random: This Woman Loves Tetris So Much She's Going To Marry Her Copy

Some things you just can't make up

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This Woman Loves Tetris So Much She's Going To Marry Her Copy

News: This Woman Loves Tetris So Much She's Going To Marry Her Copy

Some things you just can't make up

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Top Decks, Budget Decks, Deck Guides, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News and Videos in 'Touchstone' #120

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos of the past week. The Hearthstone world has been on the quiet side given the holidays, but there are still interesting stories about the best and most interesting decks you could be playing right now. As you'll see in the meta report below, the Kobolds meta is already settled, and that means there isn't too much room for experimentation (although that might change if players figure out the potential of other Kobolds cards). Overall, though, it's a quiet time, but that doesn't mean playing the game isn't still fun. Check out all the stories and the great decklists below.



Priest Deck Guide

As this writer points out, Priest is probably the strongest class in the game right now, so here's a guide for the Big Priest archetype. Big Priest is all about huge minions with spells and Barnes to bring them on the deck early as well as removal spells to take the game into the later turns. The article offers a detailed decklist along with possible alterations and a detailed guide on how to play the deck. It then goes into how to handle the various Priest matchups. Overall, this is a good guide for a very strong deck, so check it out.


5 New and Underestimated Cards

Sometimes it's hard to predict the power level of some new cards, and—as a result—some end up being underestimated. That is the case with the 5 cards in this article. The first is Corridor Creeper, which ends up being much cheaper to play in reality than theory. To My Side is a great card in Spell Hunter decks, Rin The First Disciple is very powerful in the current slow meta, Voidlord breaks the meta, and Possessed Lackey can define the metagame. Check out the list with more details here.


Updated Budget Decks

Budget Decklists are always a great tool for those with limited collections, so this HearthHead list is definitely welcome. The list includes budget decks for all classes, all of them updated with Kobolds & Catacombs cards. If you have a small collection or are a free-to-play player who won't be buying a ton of Kobolds decks, this list is definitely for you.


Popular Wild and Standard Decks of the Week

HearthPwn put together its customary list of the most popular Wild and Standard decks of the week, and you should probably check it out since it's another look at where the meta is heading. Standard Decks include Face Hunter, Evolve Shaman, Keleseth Rogue, Quest Mage, and Metabreaker (ranging from cheap to quite expensive), while the Wild Decks include Aggro Paladin, OTK 4 Horsemen, Rin Blood Summoner, and more. A very good list with a range of decks that should give you some good netdecking options.


Esports Superstars Full Decklists

This article breaks down the decklists used in the Esports Superstars tournament and offers an interesting look at what the pros are currently playing. Tempo Rogue was by far the most popular deck, followed by Highlander Priest, Control Warlock, and Aggro Paladin. Control Warrior, Malygos Druid, and TTK Mage were the least used. Patches the Pirate was the most popular Legendary followed by Prince Keleseth and Leeroy Jenkins. Bloodreaver Gul'dan was the most popular Death Knight. The article includes even more interesting information along with detailed decklists. Definitely a good article that points to where the pro scene is heading.


Meta Report

Tempo Storm put together a meta report for a month after Kobolds & Catacombs released, and—as they point out—the meta has already settled. We don't usually get a settled meta so soon after the release of an expansion. Not many new decks have surfaced, and those that do get overshadowed by old decks that now have new tools. Tier 1 and 2 decks have remained the same, but they are increasingly more refined. The top deck is still Highlander Priest, which resulted in Cubelock seeing a bit of a decline. Combo Dragon Priest tops Tier 2 and has the potential to hit Tier 1. Patches the Pirate and Corridor Creeper Decks continue to mess the meta up since (being neutrals) can be played in all kinds of decks. Read the whole meta report here.





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Kobolds & Catacombs Crafting Guide

Kripp on How Kobolds & Catacombs Was Saved

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Impressive fan-made Overwatch map gets the Blizzard nod of approval

An impressive fan-made Overwatch map has sufficiently dazzled Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan enough to elicit a "we'll be in touch soon".

The Cairo-themed Payload map features an intricately designed hub of buildings and pathways, blending classic Egyptian-inspired architecture and futuristic flourishes, surrounded by a hi-tech cityscape constructed from thematically appropriate obelisk shapes. Not only is it beautiful, and rich in detail, it perfectly captures Overwatch's distinctive art-style.

The fan-built Cairo map, which you can see in the gorgeous, expertly produced flyover video above, is made even more impressive when you consider that it was created entirely by one person - fine arts student and 3D artist Joshua Llorente.

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