Tag: Opposable Thumbs

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Battle.net isn’t Battle.net anymore, even if Blizzard calls it Battle.net

Enlarge / Seriously, Blizzard, what are we supposed to call this thing? It has been over eight months now since Blizzard made the low-key announcement that it would be “transitioning away” from the longstanding Battle.net branding in favor of a more generalized “Blizzard Tech” label. And it has been two months since the Battle.net Launcher…

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Universal’s Dark Universe risks being yet another extended universe franchise

Enlarge / Not just any universe… a DARK one. (credit: Universal Studios ) If you can’t beat ’em, misunderstand ’em. That appears to be the logic coming from the programming wizards at Universal Studios. The film production company took the (mummy) wraps off its “Dark Universe” initiative on Monday, and its intent is clear: to…

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Lawbreakers dev: PC/console cross-platform play is “dumb”

Enlarge / All those Lawbreakers characters had better be playing on the same platform… After years of online gaming being strictly segregated by platform, recent months have seen a resurgence in the idea of playing with friends and rivals on different hardware . That includes some hesitant attempts by game makers to cross the PC/console…

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Injustice 2 Review: Gods, monsters, and unholy beatings

Enlarge / Little touches like these, before and after fights, really give the game personality. (credit: NetherRealm Studios ) There’s a lot going on in Injustice 2—maybe more than the game itself can keep track of, at times. But thanks to developer NetherRealm’s ongoing commitment to making the most accessible fighting games this side of…

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2017’s “Board Game of the Year” shortlist is out—get playing!

Enlarge The shortlist for board game’s biggest international award, the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year), has just been announced by the German critics’ association that awards the prize. The main Spiel des Jahres award is currently reserved for lighter, family-style games, while the more complex Kennerspiel des Jahres honors deeper or more strategic…

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How Destiny 2 is leading to gold devaluation in World of Warcraft

Careful, friend… while you were sleeping, the real-world value of that gold pile just went down a bit. Activision’s decision to sell Destiny 2 through Blizzard’s Battle.net (or the Blizzard app , if you insist on calling it that) is already having ripple effects throughout the platform. Look no further than World of Warcraft, where…

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How Destiny 2 is leading to gold deflation in World of Warcraft

Careful, friend… while you were sleeping, the real-world value of that gold pile just went down a bit. Activision’s decision to sell Destiny 2 through Blizzard’s Battle.net (or the Blizzard app , if you insist on calling it that) is already having ripple effects throughout the platform. Look no further than World of Warcraft, where…

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Bludgeoned by orcs: What it’s like to die repeatedly in Shadow of War

Enlarge / Like my father always said, it’s always easier to climb a tower while riding a fire-breathing beast. (credit: WB Interactive / Monolith) LOS ANGELES—Having played a fair amount of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor , I thought I knew what I was in for with its upcoming sequel, Shadow of War. The badass,…

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Bludgeoned by orcs: What it’s like to die repeatedly in Shadow of War

Enlarge / Like my father always said, it’s always easier to climb a tower while riding a fire-breathing beast. (credit: WB Interactive / Monolith) LOS ANGELES—Having played a fair amount of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor , I thought I knew what I was in for with its upcoming sequel, Shadow of War. The badass,…

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Doctor Who review: The Time Lord goes in search of the truth in Extremis

Enlarge (credit: Simon Ridgway/BBC ) This is a post-UK broadcast review of Doctor Who: Extremis. River Song always warned the Doctor against spoilers, so be sure to watch the episode first. Doctor Who, season 10, airs on Saturdays at 7:25pm UK time on BBC One, and 9pm EDT on BBC America. Doctor Who showrunner Steven…