Blizzard Entertainment has announced that it will be reclaiming unused character names in an upcoming patch for World of WarCraft.
With the upcoming Warlords of Draenor pre-patch (6.0.2), we will be releasing sidelined characters’ names back into the wild. Any characters that have not logged into the game since November 13, 2008 will have their names freed up, making them available to anyone creating a new character or using the paid Character Name Change service.
How Do I Preserve My Names?
You will need to log in to World of Warcraft and enter the game using each character whose name you wish to retain before patch 6.0.2 goes live. While it is possible no one will claim your recently released name and you might be able to snag it again, it is probably not worth the risk if you want to keep your names intact long-term.
Our goal with this great name liberation is to make sure new and returning players have a large and varied pool of names available to choose from—so log in now if you wish to preserve your unused characters’ names for your journey intro Draenor.
Addressing a primary concern of home VR, Vrvana will enable the Totem to immediately switch to passthrough video. This will allow you to quickly look around your home environment without removing the HMD. The cameras also provide the opportunity for augmented reality and “reverse augmented reality,” that is tracking your hand movement and modeling them in the game.
The cameras also address the problem of motion tracking differently than the Oculus Rift and the Project Morpheus. Both of these feature an external camera looking at the wearer. The Totem points outward, tracking the features of the room.
Vrvana’s device offers 1080p resolution and features 90-degree field of view (the same as the Project Morpheus, but less than the Oculus Rift’s 100-degree FOV), an OLED display, and adjustable lenses that can compensate for lens prescription. The HMD is usable by glasses wearers, but the tuning provides an option for those that don’t want to wear corrective lenses while in VR.
Are video games rife with sexism? And have you heard that most video gamers are now adult women—not teenage boys in the basement? A new study says so. Feminist tech writers are have seized on the study as proof that the video industry has fallen behind the times: too many games, they say, perpetuate a culture of sexism and misogyny.
Activision and Bungie have announced that Destiny's first six-player Raid, The Vault of Glass, makes its debut today.
Today marks the debut of Destiny's first six-player Raid, The Vault of Glass, which is the most intense and uniquely challenging end-game activity in Destiny, requiring strategic communication and close cooperation to win. The raid opens up a new way to play Destiny, and a new location in the game. Hidden on Venus, Guardians level 26 and above can fight for a chance to enter The Vault of Glass in search of gear and glory.
"Raids introduce the sixth activity to Destiny, in which players will have to battle their way through intense encounters the likes of which they have yet to experience in the game," said Harold Ryan, Bungie president. "It's humbling to see millions of guardians enjoying Destiny already. We can't wait for people to experience this exciting, new way to play the game and are committed to continuing to deliver new experiences to the Destiny community."
The introduction of new content in Destiny will continue later this week when Destiny's competitive multiplayer includes the chance to play the Combined Arms playlist for the first time this weekend, which pits Guardians against one another in two game modes on vehicle maps.
Destiny will also debut its first timed event, called Queen's Wrath, from September 23 to October 6, offering all Destiny players additional Bounties to complete, challenging mission modes to unlock, and more Rare and Legendary rewards to earn.
SEGA sends along word that Total War: Rome II – Emperor Edition is now available for purchase and as a free update for people who already own the game.
Available to buy for new players and as a huge free update to existing fans, the Emperor Edition is out now.
Featuring significant improvements and reworks of existing game features, this definitive edition of ROME II also comes with a massive amount of free content; including the gigantic Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack, depicting the violent civil war that decided the first Emperor of Rome.
In addition, all ROME II owners will get a free Mac copy of the game via Steam Play.
Cyanide Studio, the developers of Blood Bowl and Styx: Master of Shadows, have released some details and screenshots for their upcoming football sim, Front Page Sports Football.
September 16, 2014 – The most iconic name in football sims, Front Page Sports Football, is warmed up and taking to the field September 25, and today Cyanide Studio offers a quick look at how to plan and execute your strategy for a game using Gameplan and Playbook.
Front Page Sports Football allows you to prepare for your next opponent in two ways; delving through a team or individual player's stats, such as rushing and passing and much more; and by watching your opponents' previous games in 2D or 3D to get inside their tactics.
Armed with this knowledge, you can customize your Gameplan with plays to hammer at your opponent's weakness. On the field, your players will choose the appropriate play for the situation from the Gameplan, but the best coaches know how to adapt, changing the Gameplan on the fly to maximize an advantage or respond to a crisis.
Your Playbook is a handpicked collection of 80 offensive and 60 defensive strategies drawn from over 2,300 plays. But, a play is only as strong as the athletes on the field. Effectiveness hinges not only on a player's position and stats, but also his previous experience with the play.
Each player has over 20 stats capable of influencing plays and the overall gameplan, including weight, agility, speed, morale, and even fame. Of course, proper training is critical, and it's up to you whether you push for quick and short-lived gains for the next game, or focus on developing better overall players for the seasons to come.
Front Page Sports Football launches September 25, 2014 for PC.
Check out the first Assassin's Creed Unity Coop Gameplay trailer. Assassins fight side by side against terror and chaos. Even when the enemies are strong and you feel outnumbered, your brothers will always have your back.
The zombie hit squad indie developer Loren Lemcke and independent publisher Mastertronic have issued a global public warning of an outbreak of deadly new updates for Over 9000 Zombies! on Steam Early Access.
Authorities have painted a new and more dangerous picture of the zombie apocalypse. In official documents leaked earlier today, a number of significant changes were discovered which could spell the end of prior safeguards and mean all zombie contingency game plans must be reassessed. Tons of AI enemies powered by Zombie Swarm Intelligence are launching themselves in marauding hordes. The public are warned to strengthen their tactics as the fight for survival is heating up.
65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called 'moonlight murders' begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.
Such was certainly the case with the short-lived (state-side, at least) TurboGrafx-16 console. Looking at the retrogame collecting scene today, you'd think that the TG-16 was the halcyon console of our collective childhood, and not a largely unloved also-ran. Indeed, it's hard to imagine precisely why NEC's 16-bit entry into the US console race didn't take off the way the Genesis and Super Nintendo did. It had excellent graphics, incredible sound, an amazing portable, and some truly impressive and fun games. Such the power of marketing.
The Metal Jesus has nothing but love for this fourth generation fan favorite. In this week's episode of MJR!, he teams up for a second time with PCE super fan Carlos to share 10 more of the greatest games ever crammed onto a credit-card sized cartridge.
A friend of mine just dropped $300 for a Turbo Duo R. Oh, the possibilities with that one...
If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you'd have to assume that things couldn't get much worse. In Martin's case, that was only the beginning.
Activision has announced a new partnership with Torn Banner Studios to bring Chivalry: Medieval Warfare to consoles this fall. The melee-focused, 12-player action game will be arriving on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 via digital delivery.
Over two million copies of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare have been sold on PC, taking familiar online first-person combat in a new direction. Instead of guns and rocket launchers though, players take up swords, axes, bows, and arrows.
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It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat Guardians of the Galaxy at movie theaters. The Sony thriller No Good Deed, which stars Elba as an escaped convict, topped the box office with $24.5 million during its opening weekend.
Here is the Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of September 12th to September 14th, 2014.
Mojang's Owen Hill has posted that the studio has been purchased by software giant Microsoft for 2.5 BILLION dollars. Creators and Developers Markus Persson, Carl Manneh and Jakob Porser are leaving the company.
Yes, the deal is real. Mojang is being bought by Microsoft.
It was reassuring to see how many of your opinions mirrored those of the Mojangstas when we heard the news. Change is scary, and this is a big change for all of us. It’s going to be good though. Everything is going to be OK. <3
Please remember that the future of Minecraft and you – the community – are extremely important to everyone involved. If you take one thing away from this post, let it be that.
We can only share so much information right now, but we’ve decided that being as honest as possible is the best approach. We’re still working a lot of this stuff out. Mega-deals are serious business.
Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula. Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces the epic action-adventure that co-stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, and Diarmaid Murtagh.
ight now, all of Trion Worlds is under attack, which is affecting all of their games, such as ArcheAge, RIFT, Defiance, and Trove. Not much else is known, but Trion is aware of the issue and they are communicating over Twitter that they are working to resolve the issue.
Disney Interactive sends along word that Yondu from the Guardians of the Galaxy and a classic version of Captain America's partner The Falcon are heading to Disney Infinity 2.0
Yondu: From deepest space comes Yondu, leader of the outlaw band known as the Ravagers. Whether he’s trying to outwit the Guardians of the Galaxy or face off against a squadron of Sakaarans, Yondu will do anything to come out on top. With his whistle-powered flying arrow and devastating combat skills, Yondu is truly a force to be reckoned with. He will be playable in both the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set and Toy Box 2.0. Yondu will also be making an appearance in the Marvel Team-Up: Yondu Power Disc. When players place the Power Disc on the Disney Infinity base, they can fight alongside the powerful, arrow-shooting ally, and send enemies running for their lives.
Falcon: Pararescue veteran Sam Wilson, codename Falcon, soars into Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. As Captain America’s closest ally, Falcon’s an indispensible addition to the Marvel’s Avengers Play Set and Toy Box 2.0. With his EXO-7 wing pack and Hardlight Feathers, evil doesn’t stand a chance against his aerial assaults. Other characters can also fly like Falcon when players use the Falcon’s Wings Power Disc.
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre”.
Neowin is reporting that Microsoft is testing out playing Xbox games in a PC browser.
Microsoft is testing out playing games in your browser and not just any games. We're talking Xbox games - and not just last-generation titles either. In fact, even Xbox One titles are currently said to be in the works too.
And don’t think this is some watered-down experience; one source told us that he thought the experience was right around 60FPS, while another stated that this is going to be the company’s next killer gaming feature.
The Xbox 360 games offer up the full experience, including the dashboard running in the browser too. So don't think this is some hacked together project, this is the real deal. The product, as it stands right now, has Xbox branding and works outside the walls of Microsoft.
Some PlayStation 4 owners have experienced their console unexpectedly ejecting discs or beeping for no good reason. Apparently the situation has been experienced enough to warrant Sony creating a video this week on how to keep the offending console in check.
If your system is launching a rebellion, follow the steps prescribed by Sony.
To ensure that StarCraft II continues to offer a smooth experience for players when Patch 2.1.4 goes live, we’re looking for some extra help testing on the PTR, and that’s where you come in. When you test the new features on the PTR in all the various game modes (Matchmaking, Custom Games, Arcade, vs AI) and reach level 5, you’ll become eligible to win some awesome prizes.
For those interested, this goes til the 22nd of Sept.
Destiny suffers from a serious case of rough edges. A number of elements, from the repetitive mission design to a weak early game, are a lot rougher than expected from an otherwise polished game. There isn't one glaring problem that detracts from the experience, but a number of minor issues hurt the game. Beneath those flaws lies an extremely enjoyable MMO-styled shooter that plays excellently, looks great, is extremely addictive, and has a strong and varied endgame. Destiny makes a strong impression on anyone who's willing to give it the time. It may not be the game-changer that Halo was, but Destiny is a strong game in its own right.
You might summarize Destiny by the way in which it wraps up its story. Once the final, hackneyed closing scene finishes, fireteam members are awarded the same weapon, regardless of class, and a handful of currency. This reminder of how wholly unspecial you are is the big finale of a lavishly produced but troubled game that excels in the basics but lacks creativity and heart. It is role-playing grind in shooter form--an empty house built on a firm foundation.
But, yeah, its fantastic graphics often serve to make the game's mechanical underpinnings that much more disappointing. There are cool little flashes of brilliance in Destiny, but a lot of it feels like a game designed by people who weren't sure what sort of game they were designing. Is it a loot shooter? Sort of, but the loot isn't very good. Is it an MMO? No, but you'll occasionally encounter other players out in the field. A story-driven shooter like the Halo franchise? Sure, if you don't mind digging through the developer's website to find those little bits of lore. Clans? Again, they exist on the website but don't surface in-game in a meaningful way. The pieces are there, but too many of them feel malformed or half-realized to make Destiny recommendable. If you're interested in this sort of game, you may wish to wait and see what Bungie does in the months ahead before spending any money.
Propped up by a very strong multiplayer mode, and with some co-op challenges that can be quite fun, Destiny did do enough to keep me playing until I beat the story and leveled up, but beyond that, the thought of the lengthy, grinding post-game stuff makes me feel more exhausted than excited. At the very least, the online component has been holding up impressively despite the huge amounts of people playing it, and with so many folks believing the hype and chomping at the bit to play, I guess it doesn't matter how bland the game may be - we're all sucking it down regardless.
Bottom Line: With its banal universe and flavorless style, Destiny is packed with content, but just ... well ... content. There's a great PvP mode, and the leveling system can be rewarding, but nonetheless this is a pretty, rock-solid, ultimately pedestrian product.
Recommendation: If you want a stable and populated FPS MMO, this will do the job with minimal fuss. For all my complaints, I did waste a lot of time with it, and will likely continue to do so, so it's indeed doing something to hook folks. I wouldn't buy into the hysterical hype though.