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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Nov, 2017 At 11:59 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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BlizzCon 2017 has just ended, but fans still want more from Blizzard Entertainment.

Hearthstone senior game designer Peter Whalen was asked at BlizzCon about the possibility of the game coming to Switch.

Whalen responded with:
‘I dunno, I don’t think anyone is working on it, but I wouldn’t rule it out either.’
‘Moving to tablets and phones was awesome. It made Hearthstone way more accessible for way, way more people, which is fantastic,’

 

 

Whelan then noted that ‘if there are other consoles or platforms that are good for us then that’s absolutely something we’d explore in time.’ While this doesn’t seem to say much, it is rather telling that Blizzard is using very specific wording when talking about the possibility of Hearthstone coming to Switch.

 

Would you want to play Hearthstone on Switch?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Nov, 2017 At 09:57 AM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, Opinion, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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BlizzCon 2017 has come and gone, and with it another great round of gaming excitement. BlizzCon is one of the best parts of the year for me, not just as a fan of Blizzard but as a fan of gaming in general. BlizzCon has always felt to me like nothing else in the industry. E3, for all its glitter, is a tradeshow and is always meant to be that. BlizzCon has always felt different than that.

Whether it is discussion of Blizzard’s games or just interacting with the fans, BlizzCon has always been a standout event. It isn’t so much for the reveals, and indeed Blizzard doesn’t always do major reveals but more discussions of their games and that is appreciated. BlizzCon is an event by a company for its fans and less of a big business production the way E3 is. There is a more casual atmosphere and a friendlier nature. It isn’t the perfect event and issues do happen but they are far more rare.

But the reason BlizzCon matters the most is that it serves as an example to the rest of the industry on how a company can interact with fans and the media. The only one that comes close is QuakeCon and even QuakeCon still feels somewhat more impersonal than BlizzCon. BlizzCon feels like a fan appreciation event at times, whereas QuakeCon, as much as I love it, still feels too corporate.  Just looking at BlizzCon shows how the fans are truly excited to be there in a way that is not done at other events. The sheer brilliance of BlizzCon cannot be denied and it sets an example that all other companies should follow. BlizzCon is an event that truly matters to the industry and should be treasured for what it is.

 

 

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The above was the opinion of the author and not necessarily that of ROG or its staff.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Aug, 2017 At 06:44 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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There is always that one game. It is the game that you loved and played constantly, the game that enthralled you, that made you say “Wow, this is awesome”. That feeling of joy when you play that game is hard to recapture for multiple reasons, and chief among them is that your memories make the game seem better than it really was. This often leads to remasters that go overboard in updating a game’s look, only to make the game look less like the memories and more like a modern game. It is for this reason, I was nervous when I heard Blizzard would be remastering StarCraft 1. I was worried that too much would be changed and it would defeat the purpose. I am happy to say that I was wrong in that regard.

StarCraft Remastered actually managed to take the game and redo the art in a way that doesn’t betray the original game and does feel like a big improvement. The sprite based artwork has been redone with a heavy emphasis on detail and you can see the textures and amazing artwork much better. It even manages to give the game’s sprites the illusion of 3D at times. This is aided by a zoom in feature that has been added to the game which, when used on units and areas, shows just how much work went into every last part of the game. I am absolutely amazed at the excellent job done with this, and Blizzard’s team did great work. The new lighting effects really make things pop, and it just brings me so much joy to play this.

Other changes to the game include missions being preceded by new 3D talking portraits in the ready rooms. The ready rooms have also received an awesome makeover, which helps keep things fresh. As well, ranked multiplayer has a ranked Elo number that reflects wins and losses, with matchmaking working extremely well in this version. Best of all is that most of the custom maps are still here.

Now for the bad part ( for some). Some of the game’s features are very dated in terms of mechanics, due to not updating things such as unit pathfinding. This can create some annoyances, and there is an adjustment back to how things were played before, but to be honest it feels right that the gameplay was left this way. It may be alienating to some more casual players, but it is how StarCraft was meant to be played, and fits with this game being StarCraft as you remembered it.

 

In the end, I had a blast with this remaster and truly appreciate what Blizzard did. I must fully recommend this game to everyone.

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Apr, 2017 At 11:11 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Nintendo Switch is on a roll, and more games are announced every day. The system has attracted a lot of attention and it seems a big name is interested.

The day before Switch was first revealed, Blizzard responded to Nintendo’s announcement tweet with this tweet from their Hearthstone twitter account.

Obviously this was just a joke at the time, but it seems something might be coming of it.

In an interview, Hearthstone senior game designers Mike Donais and Matt Place were asked about the possibility of the game coming to the Nintendo Switch. They responded by saying  that considering the game is on tablets and phones, it would make sense that a Nintendo Switch version of the game would work well. As a result, it is something they are thinking about but cannot comment further on right now.

We don’t have any announcement yet, but it seems that Blizzard is indeed interested. Would you get the game on Switch?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Aug, 2016 At 03:17 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Blizzard has announced that you can now stream their games via Facebook Live on PC, with Mac soon to follow

Back in June Blizzard announced a collaboration with Facebook which would allow players to easily stream any of the developer’s games through Facebook Live. Today, the feature is finally going live.

Starting today the live-streaming capability will be available in every Blizzard game in the Americas, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, with a complete global rollout expected “soon.” It’s currently only available to PC gamers, but Mac support is also in the works. All you’ll need to do is connect your Battle.net account to Facebook, and then you can stream games like Overwatch or Hearthstone directly to your Facebook page.

This is extremely cool news and no doubt many will take advantage of it. I hope to see many cool streams on Facebook in the near future.

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