Despite an impressive first game from the two-time winners of the League of Legends World Championship, ROX Tigers looked set to beat their more senior South Korean rivals in the best-of-five semifinals against SK Telecom T1. It wasn't until game four that SKT was able to claw their way back into things and tie the series up at 2-2. And then, in the final game, SKT showed that they weren't going to just step-aside and let the Tigers barrel on toward the Grand Finals.
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It's a shame Shadow Warrior originally came out of 3D Realms and not id Software -- a massive opportunity missed for a quad damage joke, I'm sure. Not that developer Flying Wild Hog needs to worry about failed wisecracks when Shadow Warrior 2 is hitting it out of the park commercially and critically, a fact well-evidenced by its "fourfold" sales boost over its predecessor.
Nibbler is a snake arcade game similar to Pac-Man where the player grows longer the more things they eat. In Nibbler, however, there aren't any ghosts chasing you. Instead, the only thing the serpent has to fear is itself. If it makes contact with another part of its body while zig-zagging through mazes, the game ends. The game's fail state is literally a snake eating its own tail.
"Quantum Dot". I know it sounds like a TV show where a guy jumps backwards through time, taking over the bodies of other people and helping them with the grammar and punctuation, but it's a real technology. Honest. In fact, Samsung was one of the first off the mark to integrate quantum dots into its displays, which now includes computer monitors with the announcement of the curved, 24-inch CFG70.
When it comes to crafting your own props, be they for the perfect cosplay or a costume party, it really comes down to the details. It's amazing what you can get away with by adding a flashing light or a bit of metallic paint -- what was once fairly static is suddenly given a life of its own. Which is exactly what artist Sarah Hendo shows in this DIY prop shop video.
You can't have enough Lovecraft. Except, perhaps, right before bed. Or during a meal. And never in the dark behind your house where the mice people live and want to turn your eyebrows into a shrine. But aside from those? Just load me up, especially in the games department, where a gorgeous title called Conarium has awoken from its marketing slumber.
It's strange watching the games of your childhood given a fresh coat of paint and reimagined into something new. Sometimes they turn out as good (or better) and other times... well, let's not talk about them here. XCOM is a series that landed in the former category, but what was it about the franchise that made it good reboot material? Perhaps a history lesson will help.
John Carmack was once the go-to guy (and kind-of still is) when it came to doing anything 3D and now, he's leading the charge into virtual reality at Oculus. To say he knows what he's talking about is an understatement, so when he declares that VR is currently "coasting on novelty", it's best to sit and listen.
The head-to-head match-up, put together by GameXplain, compares video capture from three games. Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Kirby Adventure. Based on the evidence presented, the Mini-NES seems to render the games at higher quality as well as more accurately, with options to output the game in 4.3 ratio or Pixel Perfect, a mode that shows the games as they would have appeared on PCs while in development.
When it comes to competitive gaming, League of Legends is soccer and the month long championship tournament that kicked off earlier this week is its world cup. The event, referred to as "Worlds" for short, sees 14 teams from five different regions, as well as two wildcards, compete for a grand prize of over $US1,000,000 ($1,305,225) in front of one of the largest audiences.
1998's Battlezone was just the best. You don't have to take it from me -- there's a redux version of the game on Steam, released earlier this year, that updates the title for modern systems. But I digress. We're here to look at the new Battlezone, developed by Rebellion for the PlayStation VR, which is clearly aimed at a different audience.
Since kicking immense derriere with its Kickstarter campaign, Divinity. Original Sin 2 from Larian Studios has consistently looked the goods. Now it is the goods, hitting Steam as an Early Access title this week.
Blizzard's hot new thing? The Legion expansion for World of Warcraft. Its hot old thing? The cancelled point-and-click adventure game Warcraft Adventures. Lord of the Clans, which someone uploaded to the internet yesterday. The 500MB archive contains a "full pre-released version" for the title, including "in-game cinematics + interest txt docs".