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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Dec, 2017 At 01:40 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Overwatch Universe grows again with this new comic!

According to legend, a dangerous Yeti roams the peaks above Nepal.

Who will be brave enough to hunt down this terrifying creature? Who will have the wits to outmaneuver its raw strength and power?

Find out in the latest Overwatch Comic, “Yeti Hunt.”

 

Read it here

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Dec, 2017 At 10:02 AM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Blizzard sent out the following

 

The days are getting shorter and the air is getting brisker—’tis the season for big deals on Blizzard games! Blizzard Entertainment is offering huge savings from now till early January on digital purchases for Overwatch®, World of Warcraft®, Diablo® III, StarCraft® II, and StarCraft: Remastered. Players can treat themselves to something special, or get in the spirit of the season and send a gift to a friend.

 

 

Overwatch

 

The world could always use more heroes, and that’s especially true during the holidays. From now until January 2, 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.

 

 

StarCraft II

 

Whether players are looking to dive headfirst into the Koprulu Sector or are simply on the hunt for zergling-sized digital stocking stuffers, they’ll want to get in on these deals available through January 8.

 

Save 25% on the StarCraft II Campaign Collection, which includes over 70 campaign missions, seven Co-op Commanders, access to all multiplayer units and modes in the competitive ladder, and more.

 

 

We’re also offering substantial savings on the following bundles for Co-op Commanders and in-game announcers:

 

  • 25% Off the Epic Co-op Conqueror Bundle – Includes Abathur, Alarak, Dehaka, Fenix, Nova, Stukov, Zagara, Karax, Swann, and Vorazun
  • 50% Off the Celebrity Announcer Bundle – Includes Day[9], iNcontroL, Nathanias, Park, SCBOY, Tastosis, and TotalBiscuit
  • 50% Off the Ultimate Announcer Bundle – Includes Abathur, Alarak, Artanis, Kerrigan, Raynor, Swann, Nova, D.Va, Stukov, Dehaka, Fenix, and Horner & Han.

 

 

StarCraft: Remastered

 

Until January 8, players can relive the original battle between the terrans, protoss, and zerg in stunning HD by picking up StarCraft: Remastered at a sale price of $9.99—that’s 33% off regular price!

 

 

World of Warcraft

 

Book a trip to Azeroth during the holidays and take advantage of big savings on the base game; the latest expansion, Legion™; and a host of Pets, Mounts, and Helms from now until January 3.

 

Save 50% on World of Warcraft, which includes the base game and all expansions through Warlords of Draenor™ and lets you play up to level 100 (World of Warcraft: Legion expansion sold separately).

 

 

Explore the Broken Isles, play as the Demon Hunter class, and experience the latest chapter in the saga with savings of 50% on World of Warcraft: Legion (requires World of Warcraft, sold separately).

 

 

Finally, you’ll save 50% on a host of Pets, Mounts, and Helms from now till January 3.

 

 

Diablo III

 

It’s that time of the year: when we band together to defend the mortal realm from the Prime Evils! The hottest deals from the High Heavens to the Burning Hells are in effect in the Blizzard Shop—from now through January 2, you can save 33% on the Diablo III Battle Chest and Rise of the Necromancer pack.

 

 

 

Heroes of the Storm

 

The spirit of Winter Veil is strong in the Nexus! Players can honor their most stalwart allies with the gift of Heroes loot, and bolster their own lineups with the jam-packed Foundation Bundle.

 

  • The Foundation Bundle – Available in-game now for 2,000 gems, this bundle is perfect for helping new players get into the game with a varied, versatile roster of Heroes across all roles. E.T.C., Leoric, Greymane, Kerrigan, Li-Ming, Uther, Lúcio, and Zagara are all included.

  • Gifting Loot Chests – Don’t forget your allies during Winter Veil! Players can spread some holiday cheer by gifting Winter Loot Chests to other Blizzard friends through the Blizzard Shop. Find out more about what’s inside these Loot Chests on the Winter Veil event page.

This is quite the nice holiday sale for Blizzard. Will you be picking anything up for yourself? Or perhaps gifting something to a friend? There is something here for everyone.

Source: Blizzard PR

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!

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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 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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