Opinion: The Future of Destiny 2

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.

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Esports results: Week ending 01 July 2018

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!

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Video Games: A Guide for Parents

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!

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Esports results: Week ending 24 June 2018

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.

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Retro Revival: Atari and Intellivision Return to the Console Market

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…

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E3 2018: Who won? An Investigationing

Every year after E3 comes to an end, gamers worldwide tend to share their opinions about “who won E3?” – you’ll see this on the big sites and little ones alike, not to mention all over YouTube. But is it fair? Even I have been known to have a go, giving the big win to Sony last year, but this year had me reeling – not because nobody deserved it, but mainly because of one comment I saw on a response to a summary of Microsoft’s conference, which went something along the lines of “well, Microsoft didn’t convince me to buy an Xbox this year, so they didn’t win”. I thought this was a good point – what is the purpose of the E3 press conferences, and how much do they really matter?

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Esports results: Week ending 17 June 2018

Welcome to this week’s esports update! This week marked the end of Stage 4 for the current Season of the Overwatch League, with the Los Angeles Valiant coming out on top as the Stage 4 Champions. The teams will have a three-week break before the Playoffs begin in mid-July. That said, it was business as usual for Gfinity’s Elite Series, which has begun to hit its stride now three weeks in. There’s only one more week left before the playoffs begin for that tournament as well! Looks like I need to dig up some details on some other tournaments – suggestions welcome!

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