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Let’s be honest, aside from big name fighters, many great fighting games are not getting a lot of new players. The fact of the matter is that no matter how great a tournament scene is, without new blood coming in, the scene will get smaller. So how can we fix this?

I can think of a couple of ways and I believe the scene can still grow. First and foremost, the communities need to be more welcoming. Toxicity among communities is regularly discussed and nothing has really been done yet. This is a major turnoff to potential new players, since they feel rejected. I am not saying we need to end the “get good” culture, but simply refine it. Instead of mocking people as noobs, we should offer to help them grow as players. Maybe have some event just for newcomers to learn more in a welcoming environment. Mocking players constantly when they are just starting out, only ends up chasing them away.

Related to the above, is the fact that many communities in the greater FGC, have an elitist attitude. Not all but most, and it needs to stop. Keeping newcomers out or just saying “git gud” without offering help only ends up hurting the scene by causing it to shrink gradually. New players help keep fighting games alive and without them, our favourite series ( whatever it may be) will not continue due to low sales.

The second major way is for developers to make games more tempting for casuals. I DO NOT mean to say things should be dumbed down, but rather more single player and offline content should be added. This is what gets many people interested into a game, and can lead them into playing online. Street Fighter V suffered badly because of this, and Arcade Edition seems like it will finally right the ship by addressing this issue.

NetherRealm Studios games sell well because they have so much offline content, that a casual player can player for hundreds of hours and never go online. This is not a bad thing, as its been seen that many players do eventually try online after playing the offline modes.  Having a great amount of offline content brings in players, and that means sales increase. Increased sales in turn mean that a series can continue on. And we must fact the facts that if the games do not sell, they will not continue at all.

If we can bring in more players to the games, and make them want to stay, we can help the FGC grow and thrive. But this is just my two cents on the matter. These don’t need to be major changes to the FGC, and they don’t need to be intrusive but can be done organically.  For now, all we can do is just not be jerks to the newcomers.

 

Disclaimer: The above was the opinion of the author and not necessarily that of Real Otaku gamer or its staff.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Dec, 2017 At 12:13 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Blizzard sent out the following

 

The world could always use more heroes, and that’s especially true during the holidays. From December 15th through January 2nd, players can save 50% on the digital versions of Overwatch and Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition on PC. What better way to spend the holiday break than fighting for the future?

 

  • Overwatch includes 26 heroes, 21 different maps, eight match types, and endless fun for just $19.99.

  • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition includes all the excitement of Overwatch along with five special hero skins, 10 regular Loot Boxes, and in-game goodies for Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft II for the sale price of $29.99.

Not a bad sale at all going on. Blizzard is making it easier for fans to get into Overwatch with these sales, so hopefully more people will give the game a try. It really is one of the best!

Source: Blizzard PR

By Jessica Brown On 15 Dec, 2017 At 07:07 AM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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My friends at IndieGala recently sent over their new “12 Days of Indie” Bundle which comes jam-packed with games, offering both a $1.00 option and a $3.49 option. If you opt to just spend $1.00, you’ll get three odd-ball games I’ve never heard of: Molemen Must Die!Over 9000 Zombies!, and Zombo Buster Rising.

However, I’d highly recommend spending just a little bit more to unlock the rest of the games if for nothing else than to get two games: Ara Fell and Aritana and the Harpy’s Feather. Both of those games alone would cost you $19.99 at full price, and even then I’d highly recommend paying it to play them. Ara Fell is a fantastic 16-bit Japanese-style RPG that pays homage to games of the genre from the 1990s while offering a solid experience and a very enjoyable story. Meanwhile, Aritana and the Harpy’s Feather is a fantastic indie platformer from 2014 that reminds me a little bit of the Donkey Kong Country games while offering a unique tribal setting.

While I think Ara Fell and Aritana are reason enough to pick up this new bundle, here are the other games included that I haven’t mentioned here:

  • Zup!
  • Zup! 2
  • Miner Meltdown
  • Star Vikings Forever
  • The Deed Dynasty
  • Polycrusher
  • ClickRaid

You’ve still got plenty of time to pick up the “12 Days of Indie” Bundle, so if you’ve never played Ara Fell or Aritana this is a great opportunity to pick those two up (and some extras!) and an excellent discount!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Dec, 2017 At 06:28 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Capcom has detailed the changes they will be making to fight money with Street Fighter Arcade Edition

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Dec, 2017 At 02:29 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Blizzard sent out the following

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re celebrating with lots of wintry events in Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone. Whether you’re looking for a new Brawl experience in Overwatch or you just want to kick back and enjoy Winter’s Veil, we’ve got you covered.

 

OVERWATCH WINTER WONDERLAND

December 12 January 1

 

In Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017, group up with friends new and old and see if you can hunt down the Yeti—and do it in style with the newest seasonal cosmetic additions.

 

New Brawl: Yeti Hunt

This season’s Brawl is a 5v1 experience, pitting five Mei “Hunters” against one “Yeti” Winston. The Yeti must kill the Hunters five times to win; the Hunters must kill the Yeti once to claim victory. The Brawl takes place on a reskinned Nepal Village map—the perfectly snowy setting for a Yeti battle.

 

Yeti Winston has increased health and armor, making him a formidable foe. Meat packs are sprinkled around the map for him, which will fuel his ultimate. Mei has her usual abilities, but her Ice Wall and Ice Block times are reduced…and while she can freeze Yeti Winston, there’s one catch—she can only freeze him in Rage mode.

 

We’re also bringing last year’s Winter Wonderland brawl back for an encore: Mei’s Snowball Offensive!

 

Winter Wonderland Goodies

The Winter Wonderland collection features more than 140 items, including new skins like Ice Fisherman Roadhog and Avalanche Bastion.

 

To make your favorite Winter Wonderland cosmetics even easier to collect, we’ve lowered the cost of last year’s goodies; Legendary skins from 2016 are 1000 credits, while Epic, Rare, and Common prices have been lowered to 250, 75, and 25 credits, respectively. Winter Wonderland 2017 Legendary Skins are 3000 credits, while Epic, Rare, and Common Skins are 750, 225, and 75 credits, respectively. Alongside previous changes to goodies and cosmetics, that means it’ll be easier to nab your favorite 2016 and 2017 winter looks.

 

 

HEROES OF THE STORM WINTER VEIL

December 12 January 9

 

Bundle up and leap into the Nexus for a special Winter Veil quest chain, with special rewards for playing games during the event, from a Winter Veil 2017 Spray after 2 games to a Winter Veil 2017 Mount when you play 5 games!

 

Outside the game, you can purchase or gift the Winter Loot Chest through the Blizzard Shop. With new skins including Greatfather Winter Malfurion, Winter’s Helper Valla, and Season’s Reapings Malthael and a new Gingerbread mount, you and your friends will be warm for all of Winter Veil.

The new Foundation Bundle will also be available starting December 12, and includes 8 Heroes (E.T.C., Leoric, Greymane, Kerrigan, Li-Ming, Uther, Lúcio, and Zagara) for $20.

 

 

WORLD OF WARCRAFT FEAST OF WINTER VEIL

December 16 January 2

 

Visit the major cities of Azeroth and join in the Winter Veil seasonal celebrations! With holiday décor sprinkled across the world, it’ll be a festive experience. Check out the Giant Snow Globes in Ironforge, Ogrimmar, and Dalaran.

 

You can also search for the Abominable Greench in the Hillsbrad Foothills or grab a shiny new red or green Finely Tailored Holiday Hat in several Legion dungeons and raids including the Seat of the Triumvirate and Antorus, the Burning Throne.

 

 

HEARTHSTONE WINTER’S VEIL

December 17 December 30

 

Jump into the season with Winter’s Veil–themed boards for Orgrimmar and Stormwind, along with special seasonal emotes to spread some cheer to your opponents.

 

From December 20 – 24, stop by the Tavern for a new Brawl: Wacky Waxy Winter’s Veil. Win up to three snowy Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs as you play through this chilly Brawl.

Blizzard is going all out with their games for the holidays. What are you looking forward to the most from these? Let us know!

Source: Blizzard PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 10:46 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

 

Developer Reikon Games and publisher Devolver Digital have released a metallic fistful of RUINER holiday treats for the virtual citizens of Rengkok. The festive RUINER Winter Cringe update is now live on Steam and GOG alongside the release of a collector’s vinyl set by Laced Records and a limited-edition figurine by Special Reserve Games. RUINER is also 33 percent off on Steam from December 12 – 14 and includes the Winter Cringe update for free [http://store.steampowered.com/app/464060/RUINER/].

RUINER’s Winter Cringe update is available on Steam and GOG and features all the holiday cheer that one would come to expect in a dreary cyberpunk dystopia. From brutal candy cane weapons and festive lighting to Santa outfits and Grinch-themed Creep enemies, the world of RUINER has transformed into a winter wonderland.

Special Reserve Games has crafted a custom 7-inch figure of the RUINER hero that is limited to 250 pieces and comes with a 56-page art book and Steam code for the game. The figures are available now until they run out at specialreservegames.com.

Devolver Digital has once again partnered up with Laced Records to release a two-disc collector’s edition vinyl set of the RUINER soundtrack with 16 hand-picked tracks from the game. The set is pressed on 180 gram black and red vinyl and presented in a premium gatefold jacket and printed inner sleeves. Available now at lacedrecords.com.

If you or someone you love is looking to become an unstoppable psychopath with a super sweet video helmet strapped to their face, please visit ruinergame.com and follow @RuinerGame on Twitter.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 10:54 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

 

Indie game developer FeelThere is proud to announce the development of SteamCity, a new era in PC gaming. Based on the popular Magic Reality figurines of the same name, SteamCity is rich with Japanese culture, East versus the West in a full-on steampunk environment promising to captivate a global audience.

SteamCity is a turn-based game taking the player to a new world filled with a blending of values and the clash of power versus tradition. Both sides can be played; you can be on the side of the heroic Sophie von Eschenbach and the rebels, or you can side with the powerful but faceless Yamagami Corporation. Sophie is right on target with the changing heroes we see today. The refreshing and innovative blend of culture does not yet exist in the gaming world, until now. Exciting new civilizations and colorful characters offers a new and unique perspective on many traditional cultures and traditions, which will appeal to the mass gaming community.

SteamCity takes place in a stunning beautiful 3D-world. Your turn takes you through incredibly realistic terrain, rife with adventure, fire and explosions, while the sky moves lazily above you. Richly detailed graphics transport you to the world of SteamCity, where danger lurks at every corner and amazing characters go about their business all around you. You position each character carefully to give you the greatest strategic advantage and the ultimate goal is the win against the Yamagami machine or to crush the uprising rebellion.

KEY FEATURES

  • Steampunk overdosed with Asian subculture

  • Story-Mode

  • Multi-Player

  • 8 levels

  • 20 playable characters

  • Classic tabletop gaming reinvented

This is an interesting looking game. The attempts at doing something new come off as interesting and this is one to keep an eye on.

 

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 11:28 AM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

Trailmakers, the vehicle-building adventure from the Press Play, Rare, and IO Interactive veterans at Flashbulb Games, will speed to Steam Early Access on Jan. 31 ahead of its full release on PC next year. A free open beta weekend, taking place Jan. 11-14, will give gamers the chance to experience Trailmakers before the Early Access release.

Daring adventurers are flocking to an abandoned planet that was once a holiday paradise. Now, harsh weather and dangerous wildlife scourge the land. But silly things like “hazards” and “unsafe terrain” just need ramps, checkpoints, and goal posts to become a bona-fide off-world rally expedition! Intrepid explorers require only courage, curiosity, and creativity to participate.

Two distinct single-player modes will be available in Steam Early Access: Creative and Expedition. Creative Mode provides infinite resources so tinkerers can construct the craziest vehicles they envision. In Expedition Mode, a challenging campaign tasks explorers with charting this alien planet and reaching the other end of a giant island. Finding the ultimate destination is the easy part; getting there, however, is a different matter entirely. Both modes will expand in the coming months so friends can play together.

Dethroned Mode, an entertaining fusion of capture-the-flag and king-of-the-hill, will be available upon Steam Early Access release. Making use of Flashbulb’s “Physics-Over-Network” technology, Trailmakers’ multiplayer allows up to four daring adventurers to build and crash intricately-built vehicles into one another and watch the parts fly everywhere, all synchronized perfectly between players.

Starting with just the basics for making a vehicle — a frame, wheels, a seat, and an engine — players are given the tools and an intuitive interface to build their very first car. The only limit is a finite amount of resources that can only be bolstered through exploration. Roadblocks occur naturally in this world. The next checkpoint might be atop a steep hill, or across a large jump. Maybe it’s time to strap six different engines on to the body of the vehicle? Or maybe the solution is adding wings?

There’s never only one way to solve a problem. With more than 40 vehicle parts, including helicopter blades and suspension for off-roading, if players can dream it, they can build it. A transformer part even enables vehicles to convert into other forms. Vehicle blueprints can be drafted and shared with friends, and Trailmakers is built to support player-made content at full release. Early Access is just the beginning — new skins, vehicle parts, and multiplayer modes are already in the pipeline and will continue to debut as robust, frequent post-launch support.

“With Trailmakers, we aimed to create an experience evoking the nostalgia and wonder of building with LEGO,” said Mikkel Thorsted, creative director, Flashbulb Games. “It captures the childlike capacity to be curious and creative, bringing us back to a time in our lives when we were encouraged to experiment endlessly on our own terms.”

Trailmakers will be available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Danish, and Polish for $19.99 / €19.99 / £14.99 on Jan. 31, 2018.

 

This game certainly sounds intriguing, and the trailer shows a lot of promise. This will definitely be one to watch next year.

 

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Dec, 2017 At 02:00 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

id Software has continued to update and improve Quake Champions throughout Early Access based on the feedback and requests of the player community. This Thursday, Dec. 14, Quake Champions will receive one of its largest updates to date, delivering new content and features including a new Champion, Keel, who returns from Quake 3 Arena and Quake Live; a new arena for Duel and 2v2, Vale of Pnath; Ranked Play and Leaderboards; and a ton of festive, holiday-themed gear and maps for a limited time.

The December Update will include:

· NEW CHAMPION – Keel is Back! Quake 3 Arena’s resurrected war machine Keel will join the roster of heroes next week, bringing a Grenade Swarm active ability that allows him launch a barrage of grenades and the Stockpile passive ability, which reduces the cooldown on Grenade Swarm with every ammo box he picks up. Keel will be free for players who own the full Champions Pack and available for purchase using Platinum via the in-game store for everyone else.

· NEW DUEL MAP – Vale of Pnath – Duel mode’s pure test of skill has ignited competition in Early Access, and next week players will get another arena dedicated to 1v1 and 2v2. Vale of Pnath is a wickedly vertical shrine to the Elder God Ithagnal built atop treacherous acid-filled caverns. This new map is free for all players of the game – get in there and face off with your friends!

· RANKED PLAY AND LEADERBOARDS – Quake Champions is the most intense FPS competition on any platform, and now Early Access players will be able to take their skills to the next level and easily see where they rank against the best in the world.

· HOLIDAY CELEBRATION – Celebrate the holidays with specially themed items including animated Champion shaders and festive weapons shaders, holiday decorations on Burial Chamber and Corrupted Keep, holiday hat vanities for Champions, and limited edition profile icons and nameplates.

· CROSSHAIR CUSTOMIZATION – One of the most requested features from the community will go live with the December update, allowing players to choose from 40 different crosshair options and use a slider to select the color of their choice.

Quake Champions is available now in Early Access on Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/611500 and via Bethesda.net https://checkout.bethesda.net/store/bethesda/pd/productID.5106755800. Players can jump in immediately by purchasing the Champions Pack, which unlocks all current and future Champions as well as other exclusive in-game bonuses for only $29.99. A free-to-play version of the game will launch in the future.

For additional information, please visit www.Quake.com.

Bethesda has done a great job with Quake Champions since its release. Have you been playing the game?

Source: Bethesda PR

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Dec, 2017 At 02:21 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

We’re pleased to announce that Fallout 4, the legendary post-apocalyptic adventure from Bethesda Game Studios and winner of more than 200 ‘Best Of’ awards, is available now worldwide in virtual reality on the HTC VIVE. Fallout 4 VR is a true, full-length open-world game, offering an unparalleled amount of VR content for players, including the complete core game with all-new combat, crafting, and building systems fully reimagined for virtual reality.

As the sole survivor of Vault 111, players enter a world destroyed by nuclear war and must rebuild the Wasteland and determine the fate of its residents. Within the massive world, players can interact with hundreds of locations, characters, and quests, all while collecting, upgrading, and building thousands of items in the most advanced crafting system ever. In addition, an all-new graphics and lighting engine brings the Wasteland to life like never before. From the blasted forests of the Commonwealth to the ruins of Boston, every location is packed with dynamic detail.

System Specs:

MINIMUM:
• OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
• Processor: CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 or better
• Memory: 8 GB RAM
• Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 / AMD RX Vega 56 or better
• Storage: 30 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:
• OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
• Processor: CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
• Memory: 16 GB RAM
• Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 / AMD RX Vega 64
• Storage: 30 GB available space

Also be sure to download the latest drivers from NVIDIA and AMD to get optimum performance.

You can view and share the “Intro to Fallout 4 VR on HTC Vive” video here.

Fallout 4 VR has been rated M for mature by the ESRB and is priced at $59.99 for HTC VIVE. For more information on Fallout 4 VR, visit https://fallout4.com/

Bethesda is really going all out with VR. Will you journey through the wasteland once more?

Source Bethesda PR