Showing posts with label DOTA 2. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DOTA 2. Show all posts

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Jim French of Left 4 Dead Dies at 89

If you are a gamer who played first-person survival horror shooter Left 4 Dead, then you will know him as the person who has voiced the grumpy ol' survivor of "Green Flu" outbreak William "Bill" Overbeck or just simply Bill. He was one of the few remaining voice actors producing full-time radio theater for commercial stations. This promising voice actor from Seattle and a World War II veteran Jim French has passed away today for natural causes when he was 89 year old.

You might not know him as the producer of a radio drama program by the name of Imagination Theater that is being broadcast over 120 AM/FM radio stations over America and Canada from 1980. You can also hear his programs on XM Satellite Radio if you are in North America. He started his career as a morning DJ on KIRO (AM) back in 1959 before starting his own company. He has been credited for over 803 shows including his notable appearance on The Adventures of Harry Nile and The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series.

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Jim French of Left 4 Dead Dies at 89

Jim French lend voice for games like Gunman Chronicles, Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Lost Coast. Jim also voiced the Elder Titan in Dota 2 and a cameo in one of the opening cut-scene of Payday: The Heist. However, it was his role of Vietnam veteran Bill in the Left 4 Dead game that gave him some true recognition to the mainstream audience and a new generation of fan-following. This Assault Rifle wielding, beret-wearing badass is one of the original four survivors from the initial pandemic of the game. Interesting fact is that all of the games above that he voiced for are from Valve Corporation.

Jim is from Seattle and was born in September 1928. He used to serve as a writer and presenter doing weekly shows for the Armed Forces Radio Service during the period of World War II. Following the war, he resumed his career in the broadcasting media while settling in his hometown. Fans of Jim French's work can still enjoy his work on Left 4 Dead game playing as Bill to relive his fond memories.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

Back in August, during The International 2017 Dota 2 Competition, Valve made an announcement regarding Dota 2, which was highlighted for them introducing two brand-new heroes. Now, the Dota 2 7.07 Update titled "Dueling Fates" is here and players can download it from Steam, which will take up 1.8 GB of your space. Now, this update also brings some changes to the gameplay and a few other aspects of this free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game as well.

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Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

The first character among the two is anthropomorphic pangolin goes by the name Donté Panlin, the Pangolier. This dashing fellow from Nivan Gallants has a resembling appearance of a cat that is stylized in the manner of the feline protagonist from Puss in Boots. In the beginning, some even mistakenly considered him as an armadillo too. This guy is always-on defense, ready to take on any monster and woo any creature that he crosses paths with.

Then there goes the innocent-looking fairy-like creature named The Dark Willow Mireska Sunbreeze, who is not as harmless as she seems. She was born to a fae merchant king and is full of fae tricks to charge at her enemies. Since she was raised in Revtel, she adopted the norms of manipulation and murder quite naturally. As it molded her character, she eventually ended up killing her own family and set out to choose her own path in life.

The Tweet from the official Twitter handle of DOTA 2 has twitted about the "Dueling Fates" update that contains all the details.



As per the official patch notes, Dota 2 matchmaking rating system is more accurate now, which ensures a better gaming experience for everyone in the arena. In this revamped MMR system, ranked and unranked players both will now be ranked on a six-month seasonal system. The exciting news is that the first ranked season is starting off within two weeks. There will also be profile medal for players on each season for their max MMR.

Keeping your previous season’s MMR on note, all of your MMR will be re-calibrated at the end of each season. Hero guide system has gone through the update to make more easily accessible for all 115 available heroes. The Turbo Mode will reduce your average re-spawn time, while serving you up more gold and experience. Ability Draft has gotten a new interface and the players are now allowed to change hotkey order of abilities.

There are so many stuffs detailed in the original patch note that is nearly impossible to mount up here. So, you are welcome to check them out by following the link given in the Tweet.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

Valve has just finished The International 2017 Dota 2 Competition a day ago with a blast, declaring two fresh out of the box new legends coming to the free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game. While Valve did not announce either hero in a trailer staged in front of an audience following the day's matches, one of the heroes obviously took after a habitually guessed on expansion to the game.

The last time Valve added a new hero into the DOTA 2 roster was Monkey King, but even that was in December, 2016.

2 New Dota 2 Heroes

As references to the character showed up in Dota 2's codebase in May of this current year, Sylph has been supposedly chosen for quite a while. This additionally comes after Team Secret director Matthew Bailey revealed on his Twitter, that Valve notified the players and their associations that they would be adding more legends to the game as soon as they can.



Now check out this "Dota 2 – The Dueling Fates" clip below and witness the legends collide.




The main character is a smart sword-wielding pangolin, using a blade reminiscent of Zorro and somewhat Puss in Boots. The video displays him bouncing around on slopes, moving around his foes and incapacitating them with speedy swipes of his sharp edge in style of course. The second anonymous hero was given considerably less screen time, however has all the earmarks of being the supposed fourth soul, Sylph.

Our crisply presented pangolin warrior discloses to her the forest is safe now because of him and then she unexpectedly assaulted him with a minion of hers. The video draws its ending with a tease for the upcoming "Dueling Fates" update, which will probably be out not long after The International Dota 2 Competition finishes, just as always.

New heroes and some major changes will be part of the update. The International 2017 has been stuffed with many announcements so far and one of them was a new Dota 2 Card Game is also out now. Earlier, Valve and Open AI tests the capability of their artificial intelligence of their DOTA playing bot's ability to best against DOTA's most celebrated player.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

Valve Corporation, inventors of DOTA 2 has really made so much improvement not just to Dota but to the world of the game and this is applaudable. However, the online battle arena of Dota is not a very friendly one to step your foot onto. Every new comer in a new game or existing game has, most times, faces hostile environment and a toxic one.

Now, Dota is allowing new players to enjoy the game by making them comfortable at first so they can ease into the game and not just run away from it by getting manhandled by the pros. In fixing the hostility to new player's experience, Valve made sure they only match new players with reliable high score, reducing chances of new players been bully in game.

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Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

Another way of making DOTA 2 interesting is by restricting the number of hero a new player can choose from. The process of choosing from over 100 heroes before can be frustrating for new players because they do not know which hero to pick from the numerous one available. Now this has been made much easier because it has been restricted to just 20 heroes but that is only for your first 25 game, which Valve believes will be awesome at helping players in learning and enjoying the game, so you can expect players like Juggernaut, Lich, Lion, Shadow Shaman, Sniper, Sven and Zeus.

Another intriguing moment in Dota is found at the first stage of learning the game; intricate strategies begin to take shape around you in the battle as against the numerous issues that caused unnecessary challenges for new players previously. More like a game of boards, just reading Dota’s rule all day would not make you a pro, only constant playing and playing with a friendly partner would make you a better player. Dota comes with a lot of mechanics and interactions that can be challenging to understand of course.

This is a game that lovers of Dota would really want to play but most especially, new players of the community. Dota 2 was built especially for new players and thumbs up to Valve for this welcoming initiative. Also, don't forget that the International Dota 2 Championships begins on August 7, worth a total prize amount of $23 million.