Fri, Dec

GUEST - After waiting five years, Mass Effect fans look to the stars in anticipation of the newest expansion. Recently, NASA announced the discovery of seven “exoplanets.” For some video game fans, it was reminiscent of Andromeda, the next unexplored galaxy in the latest installment in BioWare's Mass Effect series. 

Hearthstone plans to retire 6 classic cards for the new Hearthstone year, among other changes. Hearthstone is Blizzard's trading card game that launched and continued to massive success. It's considered one of the staples of E-sports, along with Dota and Counter-Strike. 

The new year will include 3 expansions and an expanded use of the Wild format. 

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and Pokemon Go has introduced a slew of features to get you into the loving spirit. According to the Pokemon Go blog, “we couldn’t think of a sweeter time to double the amount of Candy you’ll earn every time you catch, hatch, and transfer Pokemon. Your Buddy Pokemon is also getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit and will find Candy twice as fast!”

There is also an increase in adorable pink Pokemons such as Chansey and Igglybuff. Finally, lure durations has increased to 6 hours. The special event will last until 11AM on February 15th. 

Last week, I had the opportunity to chat with Casey Chafkin the co-founder of Skillz. Skillz provides competitive infrastructure for video games. In the past 5 years, electronic sports has grown into a fundamental of gaming. Competition brings vitality and sociability to games where solitary experiences cannot. This social aspect drives both engagement and significant retention. Because each person is unique in their skill and playstyle, each opponent generates unique content. Furthermore, it's more fun to "pwn" another player than to optimize against an algorithm.

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Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim, an open-world action-based RPG by indie studio Overflow Games, is coming out for PC, Mac, and Linux computers on April 26. Cornerstone is a Unity made game that follows the story of young Tyrim as he embarks on a journey to find the missing Vikings of Borja. The game is exploration-based, filled with puzzles, exhilarating action, and 8 exotic islands, each with their own unique adventure.

With Influence from various games including Zelda, Dark Souls, and Half Life, the developers, Jonathan and Samuel, wanted to create a game "adapted around physics". The game features fluid and realistic physics that bring the game to life. Jon and Sam had been creating games together since high school, and for their first release they wanted to create something "unique for the PC market", they pledged that if you are "looking for a 3D action for PC, this is the best you'll see in a long time."

Check out the Demo for Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim on STEAM Here.

Na'vi defeats Team Secret, champions of the Shanghai Major, in a dominating performance in a best of 3 at Dotapit. Team Secret was founded after TI4 by Puppey, former captain of Na'vi. Na'Vi has had fallen off the radar for most of this year's season. After a, quote quote, team disbands - Yes, I wrote out 'quote' to emphasize my sarcasm - earlier this season, they have proved that they are still a team to be reckoned with.

Update: They lost to the Boys in Blue.