Blizzard: Multiple Diablo Projects May Be In The Works

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Diablo 3 Cartoon Diablo T Shirt

From Gamestop:

Blizzard has dropped some news on Twitter regarding the dungeon-crawling Diablo series. In addition to saying it would continue using themes for future seasons of Diablo III, community manager Brandy Camel said in a video that Blizzard is currently working on multiple other Diablo projects.

“The forges here at Blizzard are burning hot, and we have multiple Diablo projects in the works,” Camel said. “Some of them are going to take longer than others, but we may have some things to show you later this year.”

Spider-Man Has Gone Gold!

Somebody in marketing should get a raise for the best image ever!

Spiderman Hashtag Amazing T-Shirt
Spiderman Hashtag Amazing T-Shirt

Thanos drops into Fortnite today!

Just because this is fun –

Thanos, the big purple baddie of Avengers: Infinity War, officially arrives in Fortnite today.

The official, Marvel-sponsored crossover between the biggest movie on the planet and the hottest game on the planet sees Thanos arrive as a playable character – if you find his Infinity Gauntlet.

The gauntlet will drop to the ground via a meteor (yes, another one) at the start of a match. Pick it up and you’ll transform into Thanos and gain super powers.

You’ll be able to punch to knock enemies back and destroy structures, pull off a devastating ground pound, fire a damage-over-time energy blast and super-jump to great heights. Additionally, Thanos has a regenerating shield and doesn’t take fall damage.

The trade-off? You won’t be able to build, use weapons or items such as launch pads. According to Epic’s patch notes, Thanos “has no need for such petty human devices”.

Should Thanos be killed, the Infinity Gauntlet will drop for someone else to pick up.

eurogamer has the fill story.

Avengers Thanos T-Shirt
Avengers Thanos T-Shirt

Watch Now: Battletech Story Trailer

STOCKHOLM – April 11, 2018 – Paradox Interactive and Harebrained Schemes today released the final installment in their BATTLETECH Basics video series, exploring the games story of noble politics and betrayal among the stars. The first turn-based tactical ‘Mech PC game in over 20 years, BATTLETECH will be available on April 24, 2018.

“BATTLETECH is Game of Thrones meets Pacific Rim in space,” said Mitch Gitelman, studio manager at Harebrained Schemes. “[Kamea] hires you to do the types of jobs that her standing army can’t do.”

“That is within the context of your larger campaign, of reputation building and working for all the different houses… It’s a wonderful way to get a true, classic BATTLETECH story,” said Jordan Weisman, CEO of Harebrained Schemes and creator the MechWarrior and BATTLETECH universe. “This really opens it up for the player to extend their own story of their mercenary unit, in whichever direction they want to go.”

Developed by Harebrained Schemes, the studio responsible for the critically acclaimed Shadowrun Returns series, BATTLETECH is the next generation of turn-based tactical ‘Mech combat. In BATTLETECH, you play as the commander of a mercenary company on the edges of civilized space, negotiating and executing a variety of combat contracts while attempting to keep your ‘Mechwarriors happy and your operations prosperous. The game’s story features the player falling in with the deposed ruler of a noble house and, fighting for either coin or cause, becoming a player in her bid to retake her throne. BATTLETECH will be available for PC and Mac, at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Linux will be added post-launch.

“It’s knights and nobility, except instead of knights, it’s giant war machines,” said Mike McCain, game director of BATTLETECH.

Now this is something I’m looking forward to!

New Overwatch Classic Logo Tee

Overwatch Classic Logo T-Shirt
Overwatch Classic Logo T-Shirt

Show the world needs heroes when you wear this cool Overwatch t shirt! The Overwatch Classic Logo T-Shirt is black. The front features the title logo and emblem from the videogame Overwatch in white and gold hues, while the back has the title logo for the game’s maker, Blizzard Entertainment, in white letters. “Begin Your Watch!” with the new Overwatch Classic Logo T-Shirt.

The Intriguing Post-Apocalyptic Retro-Futuristic World of Fallout

Since its creation in the 1990s, Fallout has proven to be one of the leading and most influential post-apocalyptic RPGs. The game has set itself apart from other games in the genre with the extensive role-playing system and powerful stories.

Fallout is most commonly recognized for the retro-futuristic, post-apocalypse setting explored throughout the story. The game plays on themes created during the Cold War; mutually assured destruction, nuclear winters, hysteria, government sanctioned propaganda, and extremist nationalism. Continue reading The Intriguing Post-Apocalyptic Retro-Futuristic World of Fallout

Best Video Games of 2016

Although 2017 is going to bring numerous highly-anticipated titles we can’t wait to play, this doesn’t dismiss the fact that 2016 was one of the best years in terms of great video games. During the last 12 months, big-name game studios competed with indie developers in bringing the most original game to market. This competition produced several incredible titles that will become future classics.   Continue reading Best Video Games of 2016

Exciting Video Games Appearing in 2017

2016 was a great year for gaming, with new classics like Overwatch, to long-awaited titles like Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian. Of course, with 2016 coming to a close, it’s time to look forward to 2017 and board the hype train, on to what may be next year’s greatest hits! One way to begin showing your excitement is by donning gear from your favorite games and franchises. Continue reading Exciting Video Games Appearing in 2017

Eight Video Games That Should Be Made Into Movies

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Once upon a time, any modestly successful novel could hope to one day grow up to become a feature film. Studio heads could breathe easier knowing at least some people were fans of the source material, and the scriptwriters already had half their work done for them. Then came the age of the comic book adaptation. Now, with the record-breaking success of what were once more obscure comic characters (like the Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy), it suddenly seems like any comic book can become a great, and successful, movie. Continue reading Eight Video Games That Should Be Made Into Movies

Pokémon Sun & Moon Is Crushing Sales Records

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Pokemon Pikachu Grid T-Shirt

No real surprise here. With Pokémon go doing so well, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are already breaking records!

Pokémon Go reignited a fever for catching pocket monsters across the country, and that renewed love for Pokémon seems to be helping the sales for Nintendo’s other upcoming monster tamer.

According to a recent tweet from Nintendo, Pokémon Sun & Moon have already broken the record for most pre-sold copies of a game in Nintendo history. Meanwhile, the recent Sun & Moon demo was the most downloaded demo ever on the 3DS. If you’re one of the eager fans looking forward to Sun & Moon’s release, here are a few other monster hunters to play while you wait.

Pokémon Go: Which Team Are You?

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Pokémon Go, a game which has adults and children running around in public with their phones out, has so more depth than just catching virtual Pokémon. Pokémon Go also has special locations known as gyms. These gyms can be ruled by one of three teams: team instinct, team mystic, or team valor. Players can have Pokémon represent the gym if their team controls it.

Continue reading Pokémon Go: Which Team Are You?

Angry Birds Addiction

We all have one app on our phones we are absolutely addicted to using. The app in question is as unique as each person is. Some people are obsessed with Words With Friends, while others enjoy playing trivia games or Cards Against Humanity in real time against other players around the world. Still others prefer to spend their time on social media apps as an extension of their online presence, such as Facebook or Twitter or even Snapchat.

Yet one particular app swept the rest out of the water upon its release in 2009 and has been an unstoppable force ever since. It is the one game that is almost universally regarded as one of the most addictive games ever created, and it is this very universality that makes it an obsession, over which fellow fans and addicts alike can bond: Angry Birds.

Since its debut, the original Angry Birds has been individually downloaded over 3 billion times on smartphones around the world. Its immense popularity spawned 14 distinct versions of the game before giving way to the official release of Angry Birds 2, a release that was accompanied by a large amount of media coverage and various press events in New York and San Francisco.

So unprecedented was the vast popularity of Angry Birds that we now have a 3D animated movie based on it featuring bird characters based on those in the game.

What Makes It So Addictive?

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There are a number of factors that explain why this particular game takes the crown for one of the most popular apps for iPhone and Android users alike. First on the list is its pure simplicity; the gameplay is almost frighteningly simple. All you do is drag your finger across the screen to shoot fat, angry-looking birds out of slingshots to knock out groups of pigs who have stolen the birds’ eggs.

It all takes place in one frame on your screen; there is no visual movement. The uncomplicated nature of this game recalls the addictive nature of other classically simple mindless games—think of your old favorites, such as Tetris, Galaga, and Pacman.

The difference between failure and success in this game makes the stakes maddeningly high. You can sometimes knock out an entire batch of pigs in one fell swoop, while still other times you are forced to try slinging bird after bird until you manage to knock one pig off a relatively easy perch. This means the rewards feel great as you progress through the game little by little. Once you run out of birds, you are prompted to start the level again.

It is this ease of access paired with the very human desire to keep trying and trying again, that latches us to our landscape-rotated smartphones until we win and make it to the next level. When we win, our brains feel a dopamine rush that we want to recreate again. There is truly no stopping point that allows you to mentally check out, and this tiny neurochemical reaction is what makes Angry Birds so infuriatingly fun and addictive.

Oh, the Franchise (and Merchandise) You’ll Find!

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One of the most predictable aspects of living in a world so bowed to consumerist culture is that many trends that get people hooked become instantly marketable in other ways. Think about it; most popular forms of entertainment—whether they are young adult book series, movie franchises, or video game sequences—extend beyond their source material into empires of t-shirts, spinoff novel adaptations, and more.

The world of Angry Birds is absolutely no different; fans of the game who wish to show off their love of and expertise at the game in a casual manner can find all sorts of nifty graphic tees, funky baseball hats and beanies, shorts, and many more such items at stores that sell specialized merchandise for popular media.

Angry Birds is one of the most beloved and simplest games released in the past decade, and its immense success with users across almost all demographics is proof of its staying power. Try as we might to make it go away, Angry Birds has dominated the app market for nearly seven years.

Perhaps we should all take our friends’ advice and uninstall the app, but, at the end of the day, all we can do is succumb to its seductive, endlessly repetitive powers. After all, it is a hard world we live in. Don’t we deserve to have a little bit of addictive fun?