Imagine Dragons and Riot Games worked together on a rallying cry for the League of Legends Championship Series. The song, which can be downloaded here, accompanies an animated video charting the journey from amateur to flashing light in the sky. Riot Games and LoL organizations all over the world have been trying to get eSports recognized by the mainstream sporting press as a “real” sport and break into the greater consciousness. Is this video helping them out?
Last March the Game Developer's Choice Awards were the target of a bomb threat of their Ambassador's Award to Anita Sarkeesian. The award is given to, "an individual or individuals who have helped the game industry advance to a better place, either through facilitating a better game community from within, or by reaching outside the industry to be an advocate for video games and help further our art."
This week, Matt, Ryan, Rami, and Sean discuss their ideal games. What kind of games did they imagine they'd be playing in ten years when they were kids? Are those games being made now? Find out on this exciting episode of the Super Circuitcast!!
What a way to start the morning. Microsoft has officially announced its acquisition of Mojang, the studio behind Minecraft, for an incredible $2.5 billion. All three of Mojang's original founders, including Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson, will be leaving the studio after the deal goes through.
Rumors have been circulating recently that Microsoft is in talks to purchase Mojang, the studio behind the ludicrously successful Minecraft. According to a new source though, if the deal goes through, the studio will likely lose the mind behind their flagship game.
Join Matt, Ryan, and introducing Jen, as they discuss the emotional tumultuousness that is Telltales' Walking Dead Season 2, including conversations on whether certain elements work or not, comparissons to Sesaon 1, and lots and lots of spoilers. Beware!
Twitch.TV recently released a report regarding the top 20 most popular games on the service for the month of August. The month saw some interesting changes for Twitch, including being purchased by Amazon, and more relevantly some titles being replaced by others in terms of popularity. Read on for the full list.
The Sims 4 is finally here, and unsurprisingly given its recent track record, EA has done a less than perfect job of following up one of the most successful game franchises in history. Heres a few of the things they got wrong and what they can do to fix them.
ESPN may have aired Dota 2's $10 million International championship, but don't expect the network to be embracing the esports anytime soon. ESPN president John Skipper recently downplayed Amazon's $970 million acquisition of Twitch in an interview, stating that his network was more interested in "real sports." Ouch.
Twenty minutes into the conversation, I am transfixed. I am speaking with JaVonni Ortiz, a promising 22 year old self-starter behind Dark Storm, a unique game recently greenlit on Steam. The exciting stealth game promises an adventure bursting with good story, great design, a strong female protagonist and versatile gameplay with multiple routes and options for capturing the enemy, but the game has come a long way. It is at this point in the conversation, he says, “I think the most shocking story is that Dark Storm wasn't supposed to be a stealth action game.”
It's really easy in this industry to get weighed down by negativity. There are a lot of things that legitimately make me emberassed to call myself a gamer, at times. These past weeks or so have been especially complicated and frustrating, as both a journalist and a game enthusiast. Every now and then, though, there's a ltitle bit of light that makes me think this whole crazy gaming thing might just turn out okay.
Okay, so look, I recognize that that headline seems like a no-brainer, but apparently Zenimax doesn't think so. For those unaware, ZeniMax Media, the company that owns Bethesda Softworks, developers of the Elder Scrolls series, recently laid off an unspecified number of employees attached to The Elder Scrolls Online. However, they claim that they remain committed to the project, and don't seem to think this is an issue.
This week, join Matt, Ryan, and Sean as they discuss such riveting topics as Hearthstone (yes, again), Distance (it's a racing game - check it out!), Hatoful Boyfriend (it's a pigeon dating sim - don't check it out!), and Dungeons and Dragons (the real-life kind, not a video game kind). Also, some other stuff, probably?
Destiny just might be the most-hyped game this year, and for good reason. It's Bungie's first game since leaving the Halo franchise, and by some reports, it's cost the studio as much as half a billion dollars to develop. That's a whole lot of expectations riding on the shoulders of that team, and only makes the last week of waiting even harder to sit through.
Telltale Games has gained a lot of attention recently, after winning several game of the year awards for the first season of their Walking Dead adventure game, they also just released the final installments in the second season of that same game and The Wolf Among Us. They've got episodic adventure games based on Borderlands and Game of Thrones coming out soon, as well. All of these titles being episodic, though, I think it's time to assess the effectiveness and current state of episodic games.