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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 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 10:56 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Konami has announced that there will be a Beta for their upcoming game Metal gear Survive. it will run through January 18th to the 21st.

 

Metal Gear Survive has been a controversial title since its reveal, but it is possible that the game may turn out alright. This is especially the case after Super Bomberman R’s success, so perhaps we should hold our judgement until the beta at the very least.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 12:49 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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EA sent out the following

 

 

Today, in the first free season of content in Star Wars Battlefront II, fans can jump into the action and experience the excitement of Star Wars™The Last Jedi™. Finn joins the battle as a playable hero for the Resistance striving to keep the galaxy from oppression, while Captain Phasma is playable as a new villain leading the First Order in combat. Both characters are now unlocked without any Credits required for players who log in during the season. Players can also immerse themselves in the authentic sounds and high-fidelity visuals of two all new locations straight out of the film. Battle on Crait in epic 20 vs 20 Galactic Assault matches or go above the Resistance Base on the planet D’Qar in intense 12 vs 12 Starfighter Assault dogfights in space. To begin Star Wars Battlefront II The Last Jedi Season, players must first choose to fight for the Resistance or The First Order. This choice will be linked to recurring Challenges that rewards players on both the individual and faction-wide levels.

In Star Wars Battlefront II Resurrection, also available for free as a part of Star Wars Battlefront II The Last Jedi Season, players can continue Iden Versio’s journey through the First Order’s rise to power. Taking place after completion of the single player campaign, Iden returns to search for answers in three all new chapters. In her pursuit, she uncovers secrets of the First Order that leads into the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Star Wars Battlefront II is powered by three powerhouse studios – DICE, Criterion Games, and Motive Studios – and in partnership with Lucasfilm, delivers three times the content than its predecessor. Spanning all three cinematic eras, the game allows players to live out their deepest Star Wars fantasies as a trooper on the ground, an ace pilot dogfighting in space, and an epic hero dominating the battlefront.

Star Wars Battlefront II is now available worldwide on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC. To join the Star WarsBattlefront II conversation, please visit www.facebook.com/EAStarWars, follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/EAStarWars or sign up for the official EA Star Wars newsletter at http://starwars.ea.com/newsletter. Press assets for Star Wars Battlefront II are available at http://press.ea.com.

 

* Requires Star Wars Battlefront II on applicable platform (sold separately), all game updates, internet connection, EA account, and, for console players, Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership (each sold separately).

Battlefront II has had a difficult time since launch, but the developers have continued to try and improve things. Are you willing to give the game a try?

Source: EA PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 07:04 AM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WB Games sent out the following

 

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced a Free Trial for NetherRealm Studios’ critically-acclaimed and top-selling fighting game, Injustice 2. Beginning Dec. 14 and running through Dec. 18, 2017, players will be able to download the Injustice 2 Free Trial on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, giving them a chance to experience every facet of the game including Chapters 1 through 3 of the game’s immersive Story Mode, all multiplayer and online modes, and the full roster of the game’s base characters with the exception of Brainiac. In addition, players will have the opportunity to try select DLC characters in the single player Multiverse mode. And, just in time for the holidays, Injustice 2 will also be discounted during the Free Trial period at participating retailers.

Developed by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. The game is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam or the Microsoft Store, with DLC characters Red Hood, Sub-Zero, Starfire, Black Manta, Raiden, Hellboy and The Atom available now on consoles. Injustice 2 mobile is available now for free on iOS and Android devices.

For more information about Injustice 2 please visit www.injustice.com. Join the Injustice 2 conversation on Facebook (https://go.wbgames.com/Facebook), Twitter (https://go.wbgames.com/Twitter), and official forums (https://go.wbgames.com/Forums).

Injustice 2 is a truly amazing fighting game, that is well deserving of your attention. We praised the game in our review, and the game has only gotten better since then.

 

Will you check this out?

 

source: WB PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Dec, 2017 At 08:43 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco sent out the following

 

 

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is excited for anime and video game fans to set sail in ONE PIECE®: World Seeker, an upcoming open world action-adventure game set in the popular world of the ONE PIECE anime series. The title will be available for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Steam for PC in 2018.

 

Featuring the swashbuckling spirit of the beloved series, ONE PIECE: World Seeker lets fans explore a brand new world from the perspective of series protagonist, “Straw Hat” Luffy. In ONE PIECE: World Seeker, players experience and wage battles in an expansive and seamless world filled with castles, cities, beaches, and more exciting and diverse locations.

 

“2017 marks the 20th anniversary of ONE PIECE, one of the world’s most popular manga and anime series which has riveted millions of fans since it started. We’re proud to help usher in a new era with ONE PIECE: World Seeker, an ambitious new entry in the legendary series,” said Randy Le, Brand Manager at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “With an expansive open world and story, Luffy will travel through a huge variety of locales in a new adventure that’s as vast as the seven seas.”

This 20th anniversary celebration game for One Piece looks amazing, and a vast open world game set in the One Piece Universe should be extremely exciting for fans.

Will you be getting this?

Source: Bandai Namco PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Dec, 2017 At 03:52 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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During Capcom Cup 2017, a new announcement was made, The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will collect 12 arcade games in the series from the original to 3rd Strike, complete with ranked and unranked online.

 

This will come to all major systems and PC in May.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the world’s most popular video game series of all time, Capcom has announced the ultimate tribute to the Street Fighter arcade legacy in the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC coming in May 2018. The collection highlights the series’ past in this anthology of 12 iconic titles with arcade-perfect balancing, including the original Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact and Street Fighter III: Third Strike.

Players will be able to take the fight online in four of the classic titles for even more gameplay options, including Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Players can recreate the classic arcade gaming experience by competing against the CPU while waiting for friends in online battles where they can put their fighting skills to the ultimate test. Lobbies support up to four players waiting to climb up the ranks through Ranked Matches. Each title will also have their own Global leaderboards and the “rewind” tech ensures low-latency online battles.

With the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, fans can re-visit historic moments from the series, including the introduction of two of gaming’s most famous heroes – Ryu and Ken in the original Street Fighter, and explore the timeline of events that helped create one of the world’s leading fighting game series. Fans can take a walk down memory lane in the Museum and view stunning pieces of concept art, scroll through character bios and uncover little known facts behind each game release with an interactive timeline. Audiophiles can also sit back and relax while listening to the most memorable Street Fighter tunes in the Music Player.

 

This is already a must buy and a very beefy collection. Kudos to Capcom!

 

Source: Capcom PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Dec, 2017 At 10:13 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

 

Starting right now, you can download The Evil Within 2 Free Trial on PS4, Xbox One and PC and play through the terrifying opening chapters of the game. At the end of the trial, if you choose to upgrade to the full game, all of your save data will carry over, allowing you to pick up right where you left off. In these first chapters you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the game’s tight, nightmare-riddled, linear experiences, as well as the more open streets of Union. You’ll also have full access to Sebastian’s customization options, so you can start building the best Sebastian for your playstyle.

The Evil Within 2 is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. As Sebastian Castellanos, you’ll have to dive into hell once more in the sequel to the hit 2014 survival horror game from the mind of Shinji Mikami. Take on twisted creatures in horrifying domains and face off against your own worst nightmares as you race to save your daughter.

The Evil Within 2  has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information about the game, visit www.TheEvilWithin.com.

The Evil within 2 is a truly amazing horror experience. If you have not seen it yet, our review is here.

Source: Bethesda PR

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A remaster of the classic SNES JRPG Romancing SaGa 2 is coming Dec 15 for PS4/Switch/PC/XB1/Vita and will launch worldwide on December 15th. This is based off of the mobile version that released last year, where the game received an English localization for the first time.

You can see a trailer below.

This was unexpected but welcome news. Will you be getting this?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Dec, 2017 At 11:37 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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The Game Awards has just wrapped and there were announcements abounding during the show.  Let’s recap what new content was announced.

 

World War Z

The show began with an announcement trailer for World War Z, which will be coming fromSaber Interactive. The game is coming for  PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One. and will be an intense zombie experience.

 

Vacation Simulator

Accounting VR

 

Next we got 2 new VR games. Vacation Simulator, is a new game from the creators of Job Simulator, while  Accounting VR+ was announced for PlayStation VR.

FromSoftware New Project

 

Next we have a new game announcement from FromSoftware. Just a short teaser but fans are already excited with just the tagline Shadows Die Twice.

 

In the Valley of the Gods

 

The creators of Firewatch then revealed a new game set in Egypt based on exploring pyramids and ancient tombs. Releases 2019

 

 

Fortnite 50 vs. 50 Mode

Fortnite Battle Royale also had a reveal, namely that of a new 50 versus 50 mode featuring the fort-building we know and love.  Thus is a limited time event  through December 17.

 

The Champions’ Ballad Reveal

 

Nintendo made their first reveal at the show, with a trailer for The Champions’ Ballad releasing tonight. This will be a prequel story and takes place before the events 100 years ago.  There are new dungeons, costumes, and best of all the Master Cycle Zero, a motorcycle described as Link’s own divine beast.

 

SoulCalibur VI

 

The next big reveal was of SoulCalibur VI for PS4 XB1 and PC. We were shown an early tease, with more information coming soon.

 

Fade to Silence

THQ Nordic next revealed their new game Fade to Silence. This is a winter survival game, and you mist battle the elements and strange enemies. The game goes into early access Dec 14 and will release on all next gen consoles soon.

 

Bayonetta News

 

Nintendo’s second big announcement was the reveal that Bayonetta 1 and 2 will be coming to the Switch in February. More importantly, they also gave us a brief teaser of Bayonneta 3.

Death Stranding

Next up was the strange trailer for Death Stranding. No words can describe it. Just watch.

 

 

Witchfire

 

A standout announcement was Witchfire, a dark fantasy FPS that looks truly amazing and is coming to PC. There is no release date yet.

 

PUBG Desert Map Reveal 

PUBG revealed their new map tonight. This map transports players into the desert and goes live tonight.

 

GTFO

The creators of Payday have made new team based horror FPS game called GTFO. It will involve heavy amounts of teamwork and puzzle solving when it releases in 2018.

 

All in all a night of good new reveals!