The Politics of Esports and Blizzard’s Blitzchung Debacle

There tends to be very little politics involved in video game culture, but after Blizzard harshly punished an esports player for supporting Hong Kong protestors, it shook the entire gaming industry to its core.  Ng Wai Chung, a competitive Hearthstone player from Hong Kong, who goes by the name “Blitzchung,” called for the liberation ofContinue reading “The Politics of Esports and Blizzard’s Blitzchung Debacle”

Baptiste Won’t Heal Overwatch’s Gaping Wounds

  After Overwatch was released to the public on May 24th, 2016, my friends and I spent countless nights playing the once popular Hero Shooter.  We’d often make plans over text to all get on Xbox and play competitively on weeknights after school until we couldn’t keep our eyes open any longer or were forcedContinue reading “Baptiste Won’t Heal Overwatch’s Gaping Wounds”

Blizzard unveils next Overwatch hero at Blizzcon 2018

Blizzard has shown off a short trailer of the next hero to come to their wildly popular hero shooter, Overwatch. Hero number 29 on the ever-growing Overwatch roster is Ashe, the female gunslinger akin to cowboy hero McCree. We do not have a lot of information on her lore but we do know that sheContinue reading “Blizzard unveils next Overwatch hero at Blizzcon 2018”

Blizzard Launches New Overwatch League – Here Are the Details from the First Match-ups

WARNING! I will be providing a brief overview of the matches already played and post final scores throughout this article, If you don’t want to know the scores yet you have been warned. On January 10th, Blizzard finally began the Overwatch League. Blizzard is attempting to launch the world of Esports into the public viewContinue reading “Blizzard Launches New Overwatch League – Here Are the Details from the First Match-ups”

New Overwatch Hero Revealed: Moira – here’s what we know so far…

Overwatch is getting a brand new playable character to add to the roster: Moira. You can check out the her trailer in the video above. She’s a rather formidable female, combining DPS and and healing to great effect. She was revealed at Blizzcon 2017 among a flurry of announcements, and is sure to mix things upContinue reading “New Overwatch Hero Revealed: Moira – here’s what we know so far…”

Micro-Transactions and Loot Boxes: The New Frontier of Digital Gambling?

As anyone with a grasp of general developments in games will know, the use of micro-transactions and other forms of ‘pay for loot’ systems has long drawn ire and served as a particular highlight of what many see as the key issue with profit-driven game development. The chance to pay money for extra in-game featuresContinue reading “Micro-Transactions and Loot Boxes: The New Frontier of Digital Gambling?”

Doomfist will debut in Overwatch next week

Doomfist is finally making his long awaited debut next week in Overwatch for all platforms. Doomfist has been a fan favorite in the Overwatch lore and has been rumored for a while to be added to the game. Doomfist was previously released on the PTR on July 6th. Now, on July 27th, he will beContinue reading “Doomfist will debut in Overwatch next week”

GPS Episode 18: Zelda DLC, Microsoft’s Exclusive Problem, and More

Episode 18 of our gaming podcast, The Gamer Professionals Show (GPS) is now live! Post-E3, we are in a bit of a drought in terms of releases, but there’s a few news items to go over, as well as the new Zelda expansion. We discuss the big news this week including Doomfist finally coming to Overwatch, theContinue reading “GPS Episode 18: Zelda DLC, Microsoft’s Exclusive Problem, and More”

Overwatch Update: Horizon Lunar Colony

Blizzard released a rather large update for Overwatch. Aside from a plethora of bug fixes and minor tweaks, there have been a few major changes to the game. You can check out the Blizzard Patch Notes for all of the details. First and foremost, a brand new Assault Map, Horizon Lunar Colony, is now available to playContinue reading “Overwatch Update: Horizon Lunar Colony”

The Issue with Online Team FPS Games: There’s No Team

With the release of Call of Duty already circulating the rumor mill with the expectation of a return to its original WWII setting, the annual debate on franchise re-hashing among AAA titles will no doubt surface earlier than usual. Among the regular criticisms that are often leveled at the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises,Continue reading “The Issue with Online Team FPS Games: There’s No Team”

NRG Esports Partners with Washington D.C.

This Friday, Events D.C., the authority for all sporting events and conventions held within Washington D.C., announced their sponsorship of top esports organization NRG Esports. NRG currently has a significant roster of esports athletes, competing in a variety of games, from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to Super Smash Bros. Max Brown, the chairman of Events D.C.,Continue reading “NRG Esports Partners with Washington D.C.”

Blizzard Reveals More Overwatch Story Content is On the Way

When new Overwatch character Orisa was released onto the public test realm, they did so without an accompanying comic or short film. This caused many fans to believe Blizzard was moving away from fleshing out the game’s characters and stories through lore-based peripherals. The lack of added material was especially concerning since Overwatch‘s previously addedContinue reading “Blizzard Reveals More Overwatch Story Content is On the Way”