Welcome to this week’s esports update! As we moved from the regular season into the play-offs, we’ve seen some exciting match-ups AND some big upsets in the Gfinity Elite Series – things are heating up, and Melbourne looks to be leading the pack. And in the second week of the second season of Overwatch Contenders (try saying that ten times fast), it’s becoming plain to see that teams that were strong in Season 1 are likely to be the teams to beat again in Season 2. Exciting times ahead – this weekend’s Gfinity Elite Series finals will be a blast.
If you played the original Destiny, you’ll know it was a rollercoaster ride. You may also recall that the ride began to stabilise following the release of “The House of Wolves” (the second DLC), around 9 months after the initial release. Things weren’t considered “acceptable” though until “The Taken King”, a major expansion that kicked off Destiny’s second year of live services. While Destiny continued to have its haters, the game saw increased success into its second year, decreasing into the third year due to a perceived lack of content. Overall, though, Destiny should be considered a success, regardless of which side of the fence you sit. Destiny 2 is experiencing much the same teething issues, but to a greater degree – mainly because players are disappointed that the developers perhaps did not learn their lesson from Destiny 1. As we head into the second year of Destiny 2, I thought I’d take a look into what has happened over the course of the last year, and get a feel for what the future might hold.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Warframe. I love the game – for all its complexity, for the fact it locks its best stuff behind hours and hours of gameplay, for how deep and engaging it is… Recently, developers Digital Extremes held their TennoCon fan conference, and mad some massive announcements. While I couldn’t go to Canada to participate, I watched online and covered the announcements for PowerUp Gaming, an independent Australian gaming website that I’m working with. Please take the time to click the below image, which will take you to the article. For me, as a Warframe fan, it’s exciting stuff.
Welcome to this week’s esports update! This week held the final week of the initial Gfinity Elite Series league play – next week, the top four teams will head into the Play-Offs, and the week after that will be the Finals, held between the top two teams in each game. This week also saw the start of the Overwatch Contenders league! Given the popularity of Overwatch as a game, and the fact we are likely to have our own local representation in the next season of the Overwatch League, I thought it would be a good idea to watch the up-and-comers locally!
The days when video games were local-only, cartridge-based systems are long gone. Many of those experiences required a great deal of imagination on the part of the player, as the graphical power of those older systems was not what it is today. Things have certainly advanced over the years – video games are far more complex than most people are aware, and as a result of that complexity, there are a lot of unknowns for anyone that hasn’t kept up. So I thought I’d provide a guide for parents that have not had much experience with video games beyond the ’80s and ’90s. This will cover what games your kids might be interested in (including associated costs), the kinds of games they will play, social interaction, and online purchases, which will hopefully help you understand things a little better!
Welcome to this week’s esports update! Last week, I said that Gfinity Elite Series only had one more week before the playoffs, but it turns out I was a week early – next week is the final week of League Play, with the Play-offs starting July 7. With Overwatch League on hiatus this week, I decided to take a look at another popular game with a Global Tournament – PUBG! While I was hesitant at first, it turns out the tournament format is really viewer-friendly, so I’ve covered the results of the Oceanic tournament for PUBG Global Invitational. Note I don’t have the bandwidth to cover all tournaments, but I do play to cover the big finale, of which our winning team will be a part later in the year.
Coming as a surprise to pretty much everyone, two of the primary players in the very first video game console war have both announced their intention to release a brand new console to market in the coming months. Atari Interactive plans to release their new Atari VCS to market in 2019, and have carefully shared limited bits of information with the gaming public. Intellivision Entertainment also recently came out of the woodwork to announce that they also plan to release a new Intellivision console to market, but details so far are scarce, and a release date is unknown. Given the relative maturity of the market, I thought I’d take a look at where these companies came from, and why they think now might be the right time to join in the festivities. I’ll also look at whether or not either is likely to be successful…