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Monday, August 13, 2018

Insurgency Free on Steam Now

Before Insurgency: Sandstorm hits the stores, developers offer Insurgency free for a limited time on Steam.

We are only a month away from the release of upcoming first-person shooter game Insurgency: Sandstorm by developer/publisher New World Interactive and currently its predecessor, Insurgency is free on Steam for the next 48 hours in celebration for the sequel starting from 10 AM PT. You just enter the site, go to the store page and simply click on "Install Game" to claim it, adding into your collection forever. Also, having it on your library will get you 10% loyalty discount on Sandstorm.

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Insurgency Free on Steam Now

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Mostly focused on online co-op, this indie title has a several number of multiplayer modes to try out. Based on a community based mod of Valve's Source Engine, the game entered Early Access on Linux, Mac and PC in March 2013 for ten months following a failed Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the development before seeing an eventual full official release back in 2014. However, the game has been sold five million copies until now and has a trail of very positive feedback.

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Also, the game sticks to a gameplay mechanics where effects of gunshots are more realistic unlike other known FPS titles where you take multiple shots and can still play. What makes it more challenging is a very intelligent AI system that makes it quite hard to kill an enemy. This forces players to work together towards success and defeat your enemies with teamwork. The sequel adds new features like adding an option to play as a female soldier and allows character customization as well.

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Steam often gives away free game to players and some of them are really great to try aside from saving your money and perhaps even get interested for a latter installment sometime. Insurgency: Sandstorm tries to live up to fan expectation by keeping everything that made Insurgency so beloved to players. So, with no strings attached, you can definitely give this title a try before the offer expires soon.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

IGN Editor Fired for Plagiarized Review Responds to Allegations

Fired IGN editor Filip Miucin talks about his involvement on the alleged plagiarism of Dead Cells game review.

When allegations of plagiarized review on newly released rogue-like metroidvania game Dead Cells came out online on August 7, people started calling IGN out like crazy while they quickly deleted the copy from their site and took action against the accused editor Filip Miucin by officially firing him from their team. After taking heavy fire for past few days over this controversy, the accused have finally decided to take YouTube for explaining his side of the story in a response video.

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IGN Editor Fired for Plagiarized Review Responds to Allegations

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This is the first time when Miucin actually opened up about the fiasco that has disgraced him on public and cost him his job. However, his tone towards the matter was less than expected as he starts with saying that he didn't intentionally do that and then apologized to developer Motion Twin as well as his former employer company, except for YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming, who has accused him of content theft in the first place. It clearly shows that he was not sincere about his apology.

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Even IGN was open enough to publicly issuing an apology to a relatively small YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming who made a video by making side-by-side comparison about how his original review video on the game was copied. Miucin only made the video when people kept attacking him on social media but this response video was heavily downvoted by viewers and was later removed by him. So, what really stopped Filip from mentioning the source for once that he was ripping off?

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Previously, an article on Kotaku pointed out that he partially plagiarized the FIFA 18 review from NintendoLife site in last September. On account of that incident, original author of that review Chris Scullion stated over Miucin’s speech that, he clearly failed to admit his guilt. However, Boomstick Gaming has gained the spotlight and this newfound fame has tripled the number of Subscribers to the channel since then.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Elder Scrolls Online: Wolfhunter DLC Release Date

Elder Scrolls Online: Wolfhunter expansion pack will be arriving on this August for both PC and consoles.

Even after a year from launch, massively multiplayer online role-playing game Elder Scrolls Online from ZeniMax Online Studios and Bethesda Softworks haven't decreased in size of its player-base. To show support to that dedication and in the spirit of QuakeCon 2018, the developer studio have announced a release date for their upcoming expansion pack for the game titled, Wolfhunter and it is now scheduled to launch on August 13 for PC, then August 28 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Wolfhunter DLC Release Date

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Check out the new trailer for Elder Scrolls Online: Wolfhunter DLC pack and what it offers to ESO players when it finally comes out.

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Wolfhunter will take players to a journey where they will be facing off against the antagonistic Prince Hircine and fighting packs of werewolves. Two new exciting dungeons; March of Sacrifices and Moon Hunter Keep are part of the expansion themed on Lycanthropy. As Hircine calls for a Great Hunt, a deadly clash between predators and prey broke in to receive his boon. ESO Plus members can get this DLC for free and the others can simply purchase from in-game Crown Store.

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Lord Hircine's Great Hunt

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Also, Update 19 is live now and is completely free for you to get an original Battlegrounds map Istirus Outpost. Aside from those regular classes and races the game features, the choice of becoming a vampire or a werewolf was also there. We already saw that The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind's expansion Bloodmoon has previously embraced the same premise in-game. A series of improvements that reflects on their combat and ferocity are included in the patch.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Blizzard Has Multiple Diablo Projects

Blizzard Entertainment has some exciting news to share about future projects of Diablo they are working on.

Fans of action role-playing games have surely heard of Diablo series from developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment who released the final game six years ago, which was Diablo IIIDiablo III: Rise of the Necromancer came out next as second expansion for the game in 2017 for Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. After years of silence about any news on the series, evidence started popping out about new game in development and now it is officially confirmed by the company.

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Blizzard Has Multiple Diablo Projects

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Releasing a new video on YouTube, Blizzard representative and community manager Brandy Camel details out what they are up to in a brief.

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While people were busy making assumptions and spreading rumors, Blizzard was focusing on their projects without making any statements and apparently, they were working on not just one but multiple Diablo projects. This is of course great news for every eager fans and seasoned veterans of the series waiting for a new release to look forward to. Some of these current projects may take a while but by the end of this year, we might be getting some glimpse on the progress probably on Blizzcon.

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Hopefully, Diablo IV is in development as an upcoming mainline sequel and chances for Diablo and Diablo II getting remastered edition is also there. We can even get a themed card game like Hearthstone. Considering how popular it still is and features some of the most satisfying boss battles in gaming history, the developers had to bring it back. There was a rumor of Diablo III to release on Nintendo Switch, which was a tease by Blizzard and we still don't have any confirmation on that either.

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Blizzard Teased Diablo III on Nintendo Switch

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Although they made no announcement for brand-new installments of the franchise up until this point, a job listing from June revealed that Blizzard was looking for artists to create some environmental, technical and VFX assets, suggesting a possible new Diablo game is in works. So, this revelation does not come as a shock to us at all. Despite having several other original accomplishments like Overwatch, StarCraft and World of Warcraft, Diablo will always be one of Blizzard's signature brands.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

IGN Release Statement on Dead Cells Review Plagiarism

After an allegation of plagiarism was raised on media giant IGN over the review of Dead Cells, the site reached out to release a statement.

Fans of gaming and pop-culture heavily rely on entertainment websites and IGN being a media mogul in terms of that zone. After a video gone viral about them publishing a plagiarized review of a recently released game, Dead Cells, people have gone crazy as one of site's editors Filip Miucin turned out to be the culprit behind the misdeed. They came with a decision of terminating the person in question after running some internal investigation following the disaster surfaced on the internet.

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IGN Release Statement on Dead Cells Review Plagiarism

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YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming is literally a small channel compared to a giant enterprise that IGN is and they originally published a review of Dead Cells back in July. When the latter released a review on the game on August 6, he was surprised to find out that the site has completely plagiarized his own content. So, he published a video by making side-by-side comparison as proof of plagiarism by IGN. It soon became viral and people started questioning about their credibility.

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When the video with title "IGN Copied my Dead Cells Review: What do I do?" was posted on YouTube, Boomstick Gaming has never thought he will get any response from them but people on internet helped him by watching it over a million times and IGN also noticed this matter. Realizing the gravity of the situation, they fired Miucin afterwards and released an official statement on Twitter issuing a public apology for not being able to maintain a standard everyone expects from them.

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Developed by Motion Twin, Dead Cells is a rogue-like metroidvania title released on August 7 for Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It entered Steam's Early Access in May 2017 and upon full-version release, the received positive reception and a review from the alleged site. They came under heavy fire when resemblance between these two contents left no room for considering the event as coincidence.

Monday, August 6, 2018

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Novella is Free Now

Blizzard offers tales of two factions in "A Good War" and "Elegy" novella from World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.

Away from only a week to release on August 14, 2018, Blizzard Entertainment has been arranging for fans and newcomers to catch on to their massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft and its seventh expansion pack Battle for Azeroth. There is a hardcover novella within the collector’s edition of the pack that centers on the story of Alliance and Horde, leading towards the event. Today, Blizzard has announced that digital versions of the tales are free now.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Novella is Free Now

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Ordering collector's edition of the expansion pack only gets you the physical form of the novella. The developer/publisher however is being generous enough to offer free copies now on their official site. The two stories "Elegy" is focused on the Alliance faction of war, written by Christie Golden and "A Good War" is by Robert Brooks, explores the Horde. Both of these narratives represent the different perspective of the two respective parties involved and how they see things going.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Novella – "A Good War"

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It all begin following the burning of Teldrassil shown in a previous animated short, which of course have caused countless death of innocents and the decision of Banshee Queen has affected each parties including her own, also shown in "Old Soldier" cinematic where legendary warrior Varok Saurfang deems it as an action without honor. Although, none of these storylines will move the actual plot any further, it sure adds pieces of information on reactions of characters involved.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Novella – "Elegy"

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Set after the events of Legion, sixth expansion set of the popular MMORPG game, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is arriving in seven days on Mac and PC. It is focused on Sylvanas Windrunner, Horde Warchief trying to establish an uprising of their power on Kalimdor and eventually ended up colliding with The Alliance in doing so. Blizzard will let you download these two books worth around 90 pages in PDF format to help you get a head start before you enter the battle.

Dead Cells Review Plagiarism by IGN

YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming pointed out major similarities between their reviews on the game Dead Cells.

After it saw release on August 7, 2018 for Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, rogue-like metroidvania game Dead Cells by developer Motion Twin has been receiving mostly positive reviews from various video game enthusiasts. Just as many other popular gaming sites, media giant IGN also published their perspective on the title in a broad review recently but has eventually removed it for alleged plagiarism by YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming.

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Dead Cells Review Plagiarism by IGN

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Back in July, relatively small YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming has first released a review of Dead Cells. Lately, they noticed some uncanny resemblance with the one published by IGN when they came across it. Although it could have been a coincidence, Boomstick ruled that out and made an allegation of plagiarism after comparing two reviews by doing a side-by-side analysis. The company decided to look further to investigate the claim and take out their article from site.

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To hear it from the horse's mouth, we have a clip from Boomstick channel that explains the incident of the content copied from their video.

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IGN has since gotten rid of the written version of the review article and video from their site, adding just an editor's note. They apparently begun to investigate about this matter and if the claim is true, then it is a horrible betrayal of trust from their side. Because, Boomstick is a channel with only 14,000 follower base and compared to the party in question that is a very tiny group of audience. What makes it worse is that, the review came from one of the site's editors Filip Miucin.

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With a minimalistic plot, the game advances as player character called the Prisoner goes through one castle to another on an unnamed island. Since there are no checkpoints, you start over from the beginning of that level and it feature a combat system that is similar to Dark Souls games series even though the surroundings are in 2D. Despite the aspects that makes it a bit hard to win, Dead Cells will never really become disappointing just for the difficulties it presents to player.

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This is not the first time when integrity and quality of a review came into question as we saw Warner Bros. pretending in past that covering of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War by prominent YouTuber and social media influencer PewDiePie was one of his independent works and no money were exchanged for it. Video game industry is a multi-billion dollar business and trusted personalities involved in gaming cannot just excuse them out of a controversy using ignorance.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

World of Warcraft: Old Soldier – Cinematic

World of Warcraft releases a new cinematic trailer on one of Horde’s oldest soldiers, Varok Saurfang.

We are nearing very close to the release of the seventh expansion pack Battle for Azeroth for World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game from developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment and they too are launching related tutorial guides and animated shorts to help us catch on to it. The latest in the line is a cinematic featuring one of the legendary Horde warrior Varok Saurfang, following the release animated clip on Sylvanas Windrunner a few days ago.

World of Warcraft: Old Soldier – Cinematic

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Titled "Old Soldier", this new cinematic clip has moved from the hand-drawn look to a completely rendered cinematic while focusing on Saurfang.

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Awaiting dawn, when an imminent battle awaits at Horde's doorstep, Varok Saurfang recalls events of the death of his son, Dranosh, where his son was granted a warrior's death instead of him. He looked over the approaching Alliance to exact vengeance on them for burning down the World Tree, Teldrassil. He was strongly opposed to Sylvanas’ decision as there was no glory in it. While still battling with his inner conflicts, he attempts to remove his heavy armor and then a young troll Zekhan came by.

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Apparently, Zekhan has heard a lot about Saurfang from his father Hekazi and considers him as a legend. To his comment of falling in honor and glory in coming war, Varok simply grunts and clarified that there won't be any honor except pain. When the orc starts to advance toward the Alliance army to face them and finally die, Zekhan tags along trying to convince him that for many like him, the Horde is all they have and thus, commander Varok returns toward the walls of Lordearon.

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Blizzard is slowly connecting all strands of these World of Warcraft short videos to the upcoming Battle for Azeroth and how each of these pivotal characters are being focused before entire community is joining the battle this August 14 on Mac and PC. Since Horde Warchief is so concerned with his honor, players on WoW subreddit are trying to start a movement by removing or hiding their shoulder armor to show solidarity towards him.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Sylvanas

Blizzard releases the second animated short from World of Warcraft: Warbringers series featuring Sylvanas Windrunner.

Keeping the release of Battle for Azeroth in mind, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has been trying their best for both newcomer and veteran fans to catch up the lore of their insanely popular MMORPG. Last week, they started a series of animated short focusing on renowned characters from the series and the first one was featuring Archmage Jaina Proudmoore. This week, they decided to shed light on the bloody history of Lady Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde.

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World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Sylvanas

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Below is the newest release from Blizzard's World of Warcraft: Warbringers series focused on The Banshee Queen, Sylvanas Windrunner.

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During the events of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, high elf ranger-general of Silvermoon, Sylvanas and her fellow rangers were trying to oppose an invasion of the undead Scourge. When marched into Quel'Thalas the raiding necromantic forces were countered by and she took down many enemies on her own until she came across death knight Prince Arthas Menethil. He killed her only to raise her as a Banshee and making her a slave for unwittingly interfering in his affairs.

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Now, a leader of her Forsaken army and a successor to former Warchief Vol'jin, Sylvanas Windrunner sets her sight to the World Tree, Teldrassil with an intention of conquering it. Then a dying young ranger asks her of her true motives for invading it as there are only innocents living there. She responds saying, this is war but the ranger points it out to be hatred. She recalls back to her past events, when she used to be a fearless defender for her people and bravely fought to death.

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The World Tree Burns

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Of course, death has changed her and the journey of pain she did only made her cruel to reality. Seeing the dying woman shedding a drop of tear, Sylvanas tell her not to grieve as she will join her loved once soon but she responds by saying that, she grieves for Windrunner because she has made life an enemy for her and that is a battle she cannot win. Saying she can kill them but not their hope, the ranger provoked her into making a choice that is going to change the history on Azeroth.

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Battle for Azeroth, upcoming seventh expansion for massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft is currently scheduled to release on August 14, 2018 for Mac and PC. Blizzard also launched a tutorial guide series on YouTube, hosted by renowned personality over the platform for players to get into WoW. With already taking a peek at past events from the life of Jaina Proudmoore and Sylvanas Windrunner, Queen Azshara is up next to featured in Warbringers series.

Batman: Arkham Origins Best Ever Price on Fanatical

An underrated title from Batman: Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Origins is $3.99 on Fanatical for a limited time.

Although, chronologically set earlier before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, action-adventure title Batman: Arkham Origins from WB Games and Warner Bros. Interactive came out third in the line of release. Often remained underrated, the game is actually one of the finest from entire Batman: Arkham series and now this game is available for a heavily discounted price on online video game retailer store Fanatical at 92% off, for $3.99 only.

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Batman: Arkham Origins Best Ever Price on Fanatical

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To freshen up your memory a little bit on the game, here goes the official trailer for The Dark Knight in his early year of crime-fighting.

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The story of Arkham Origins sets around during a midwinter Gotham City when vigilante Batman is operating in his second year of crime-fighting, five years prior to Arkham City. On Christmas Eve, he found out sadistic crime lord Black Mask has placed a $50-million bounty over his head following a jailbreak at Blackgate Penitentiary and now, eight of the world's deadliest assassins are going crazy to collect the prize for their own, which raised a crime wave in Gotham.

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As one of the Star Deals on Fanatical, the offer gets you Complete Pack of Arkham Origins, which includes Steam keys for the main game, Season Pass, Supply Drop 1 DLC, Supply Drop 2 DLC and finally, the Black Mask Challenge Pack. So, you are about to gain access to play as Batman in a Freeflow combat system and apply stealth techniques for a true experience of becoming The Dark Knight. A wide-array of dangerous super-villains from DC Universe is for you to take on now.

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Revisit Gotham as The Dark Knight

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Even though not everyone's favorite, Batman: Arkham Origins is one of the best superhero games ever made and has a ton of replaying value, which modern-day games are lacking a lot these days. Since this is a limited time offer for 24 hours and many have already claimed it, we suggest you better add this in your Steam library as soon as possible if you are looking forward to play this one.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Indie Mega Week on Humble Store

To celebrate indie spirit, Humble Store offers up to 90% off to enjoy great save on popular games in Indie Mega Week.

Indie games are always a breath of fresh air among all those AAA-titles from major developers that mostly keeps up doing the same thing over and over to bore players to death at some point. Keeping that in mind, renowned digital video games storefront Humble Store has just launched "Mega Indie Week" for everyone, which includes a whooping collection of indie games from various genre and a swing of discounted rates to leave you no excuse from getting them into your library.

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Indie Mega Week on Humble Store

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If we have counted correctly, then Humble have just unleashed a diverse pack containing 168 video games, downloadable contents and original game soundtracks in overall. Starting from a minimum of 10% price cut, the price tag drops up to 90% over an assortment of action, adventure, platformer, racing, RPG, simulation, strategy, survival and other variety of indie titles that we can count on for whole day. Although some of these games are still on Early Access, they are worth a try.

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We have already listed a selected few from the games that are offered in "Indie Mega Week" here and feel free to check out the sale if you are interested in these titles.

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While this one is not one of their signature "Humble Bundles", where hand-picked digital ebooks, games software and other stuffs are put up for purchase for pay-what-you-want to raise donations for charity, this bundle offer is still worth a try because of the addition of some recently released titles adorned by players in general like Broforce, Cuphead, Darkest Dungeon, Dead Cells, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Hob, Inside, Moonlighter, Torchlight, Undertale and Wizard of Legend.

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Humble Store Best Bets from Indie Mega Week

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The selected titles from Humble Store's Indie Mega Week are available on Steam and playable over platforms like Linux, Mac and PC. Our suggestion for you is to drop everything else and go start browsing quickly to see if can find something that you like before the offer eventually expires on August 6 at 10 AM PT. Also, you can sign up for "Humble Monthly" subscription service to get curated bundle of digital PC games each month and you can get one months for free by choosing a 12 month plan.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Blizzard Responds to World of Warcraft Leveling Experience

Blizzard's Battle for Azeroth pre-patch is causing serious leveling problems for players in World of Warcraft.

In anticipation for the upcoming release of Battle For Azeroth, seventh expansion pack for massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment released a pre-patch earlier this month to remove some old content and update the classes while also adding new quests for players to enjoy. Even though patch 8.0 was meant to improve the experience for better, it unfortunately turned out to be a trouble-maker for all instead.

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Blizzard Responds to World of Warcraft Leveling Experience

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Blizzard immediately got on board with bringing some changes and revamping the level scaling system as soon as Battle for Azeroth got announced at BlizzCon 2017. When they lowered the overall numbers recently to provide clarity, it actually sparked some serious in-game issues for gamers that led to daily released patch hotfixes, simply to tend to matters at hand that they forgot to look over before deploying the pre-patch and they still are unsure about what do about it right now.

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On their forums, game director Ion Hazzikostas admitted that currently leveling curve is taking for each player 15% longer to go from 60-80 and the journey to 110 is a whole another story. In theory, 15 percent may not seem like that much but over the course of progressing through 20 levels, it can become a pain in the back. Despite their tireless attempt to get rid of these issues, he also apologized to the community for such setbacks, because this was never Blizzard’s battle plan with pre-patch.

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These problems could have arisen because they have reduced the number too much or probably messed up other combat calculations. However, instead of taking a quick action and unknowingly cover up real source of the problem, which could become an even bigger issue after the launch of Battle for Azeroth, developers have decided to keep investigating to apply a permanent solution. Because, this degraded experience for all WoW players is not what they had in mind and it should be fixed.

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After World of Warcraft has recently changed their pricing model to active monthly Subscription-only, the developers also made all previous expansions available to members along with the original base game. Whatever neutral field patch 8.0 was designed for to achieve, it ended up squishing player stats and item levels, resulting huge fan disappointment. Hazzikostas promises further updates from their team to take care of whatever mess the pre-patch has made.

Monday, July 23, 2018

World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Jaina

Blizzard debuts the first animated short from World of Warcraft: Warbringers series with Jaina Proudmoore.

In spirit of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’s release on August 14, 2018 as forthcoming seventh expansion for massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment decided to hype up the intensity of battle in advance with a series of animated short focusing on various characters from the franchise. Titled Warbringers, the very first video sets sail with Archmage Jaina Proudmoore in a journey to her past.

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World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Jaina

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After the neutral city-state of Theramore is destroyed by the Horde, her allegiance has shifted and the following is an animated clip featuring Lady Jaina, showcasing the buildup of her story and her motivations for this war.

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Archmage of Kul Tiran is returning to her homeland while still carrying guilt over the death of her father, Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore and also the ruler of Kul Tiras. When his son and her brother Derek were killed by Orcs during Second War, Daelin swore an oath to destroy all Orcs and carried his hatred towards the new Horde as well. Since she had a good relationship with many of them and notably with Warchief of the Horde, Thrall, she had to side against her stern father.

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She and Thrall tried their best to convince Daelin that this is not the Horde he knew of and they have changed but blinded by hatred, he refused to listen and continued fighting. He eventually dies proudly in battle as his daughter watched. Her people cuts tie with the Alliance and Kul Tiras harbored hatred against her for betraying her family. She later came back singing "Daughter of the Sea" to pay her respects to the fallen, she goes to the graveyard of swords in Theramore.

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Daughter of The Sea

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There, she took a silver Kul Tiran pendant hanging from one, which she then handed over to a hooded ferryman at docs as fare. As they were sailing though a canal full of corpses and ship wreckage, Jaina was recalling the past events that shattered her life. Upon raising a sunken Kul Tiran ship from the bottom of the ocean, Lady Jaina states that she has finally returned to avenge her father, referring to the ferryman who is then revealed to be spirit of Daelin as he fades away.

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Despite dedicated fans already figuring out many major parts of the story on Battle for Azeroth, there are so many gaps to fill. Warbringers series will focus on chronicles of three iconic female leaders from the franchise, who will become one of the major characters of this expansion. With one of them kick-starting the series, Blizzard will focus on Queen Azshara and Sylvanas Windrunner next. World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is currently available for pre-order now on Mac and PC as it is coming up next month.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

World of Warcraft Subscription Includes All Pre-Released Content

Blizzard is giving up all current World of Warcraft expansions in exchange for a monthly Subscription.

Fans of massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment are getting ready for the forthcoming seventh expansion of the game titled Battle for Azeroth on August 14, 2018. Developer/publisher Blizzard already released a pre-expansion patch 8.0 to introduce some changes by removing few contents and updating some classes. Most recently, they have decided to change their price model into a subscription-only system permanently.

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World of Warcraft Subscription Includes All Content

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Starting from now on, the base WoW game and previously released expansion contents up until Legion are all available under their monthly subscription fee of $14.99 only. With that new regulation under implement, Battle Chest has already been removed from Blizzard’s online shop, which used to provide the same to players before. For better or worse, this change was announced following the pre-patch release for Battle for Azeroth expansion, awaiting release soon on August 14.

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Signing up for a subscription will let you play the original and all six expansions to prep up until the seventh arrives and now that players don't have to buy the base game, the barrier of entrance to world's biggest MMORPG title is lowered to a level where many can participate. Without having to buy anything additional, you can keep playing all the way through level 110 as long as you continue a monthly subscription. Battle for Azeroth however, will cost you only $49.99 as one-time fee.

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World of Warcraft Pre-Released Expansions

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On hindsight, an ongoing subscription will cost you $179.88 a year and this significant change will essentially makes you spend more bucks than it would cost for you to buy all of those if you keep it up for a few years in a row. Although having no longer needed to pay for each WoW expansions separately is a great idea but removing them overall from online storefront actually forces you to sign up whether you like it or not, because there are no other option for choosing anything individually.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Monster Hunter: World Comes to Final Fantasy XIV

Monster Hunter: World's legendary Rathalos is crossing over with Final Fantasy XIV in upcoming event.

Back in February 2018, Capcom's action role-playing game Monster Hunter: World had a crossover with action role-playing Horizon Zero Dawn from Guerrilla Games and fans had a great time playing it. Another company-wide collaboration event is on the way with publisher Square Enix as the game will enter the massively multiplayer online role-playing world of Final Fantasy XIV. Both worlds from these two games will soon collide on August 7 and the latter will take on in.

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Monster Hunter: World Comes to Final Fantasy XIV

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A brand-new trailer showcases highlighted features of this exciting collaboration event between two fan-favorite titles and you can check it out right below.

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Each game will have a guest monster appearing from the other for epic confrontation that offers some sweet rewards. Players of Final Fantasy XIV will be taking on legendary beast Rathalos from MHW in a quest called The Great Hunt. Taking down Rathalos will earn you a unique armor set and a mount themed on the monster. There is a standard challenge in The Great Hunt, which allows up to eight players and the extreme one lets only four to take part in facing him.

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Prepare for The Great Hunt

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Players are to complete Stormblood expansion's main scenario and reach level 70 before they can access this brand-new content of update 4.36. Aside from gear and cosmetics, the patch includes Palico and Poogie minions. Behemoth from FFXIV will invade the world of Monster Hunter on August 1st, for them to try and take him down. This is a great idea for crossover because both of these Japanese RPGs have giant beast boss battles and they even share a similar visual style.

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New BBQ Spit

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Released in January 26 of this year for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Monster Hunter: World has been one of the greatest success for publisher so far. Just as they promised to arrange some crossover events with other popular titles, Capcom has already done that by tying-in with first -party games Devil May Cry, Mega Man and Street Fighter as well as Horizon Zero Dawn, which was a third-party release. Also, the game will be making its PC debut on August 9, two days after the update drops.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Pre-Patch Release Date

Before Alliance and Horde collides in Battle for Azeroth, a Pre-Patch for World of Warcraft is arriving on July.

As the date August 14 is coming closer, hardcore MMOs fans are tipping over the edge of their seats in excitement because massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft is going to change with the arrival of Battle for Azeroth expansion pack and the reign of Legion will be over. Next week, pre-expansion patch will be released which will bring some changes like removing some content and updating the classes while adding new quests to enjoy for players.

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Battle for Azeroth Pre-Patch Release Date

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To get better acquainted with the upcoming update, Blizzard Entertainment has released a "Survival Guide" clip to better explain what is ahead of everyone.

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Starting from July 17, Blizzard will deploy the pre-patch, which will overhaul the game and bring balance to their live server. For example, developers have reduced stats for players from both sides and NPCs, just like they did in Warlords of Draenor expansion. Health, damage and stat numbers are scaled down for everyone but still it somehow stays stable in overall. However, that doesn't necessarily makes the game is easier or harder at all. If anything, it has become more reasonable.

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Legion Artifact weapon traits will no longer be available and people are going to end up with a normal stat-stick to strike at or spell casting. Whatever existing or unlocked traits you had are no longer there but are included in your class. Players are still allowed to transmog any weapon at their disposal if they belong to the same standard though. Open World PvP is returning with War Mode in Patch 8.0, which can be turned on and off as long as you are in capital city of Stormwind or Orgrimmar.

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World of Warcraft Patch 8.0 is coming to Mac and PC on July 17, only a couple of weeks prior to the launch of Battle for Azeroth expansion pack. Blizzard announced the seventh expansion of WoW at BlizzCon 2017 and it hyped up every fan out there in excitement as Alliance and Horde are about to collide anew with four allied races added to each side. Upcoming weeks will see tensions rise among player as a major wave of change hits them to warm up before Battle for Azeroth comes out.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Fortnite Season 5 Release Date

With their current Season nearing to an end, Epic Games have just confirmed release date of Fortnite Season 5 in a Tweet.

Shortly ahead of its anticipating launch, developer/publisher Epic Games have come forward to announce an official release date for Fortnite Season 5 through a teasing Tweet today. We know now that the newest season of the insanely popular free-to-play Battle Royale game available for all platforms, is only a few days away and this was really nice of them to finally confirm the date which we knew earlier from this month to be July 12, following the end of a thriving Season 4.

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Fortnite Season 5 Release Date

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Speaking of tease, aside from making the announcement for their next season in the Tweet, developers have left another hint, which is a mask from a crack on screen and is going to break out in-game anytime. Like always, theorist fans are coming up with different ideas and booming up online with suggestions regarding the mask. It looks similar to kitsune or fox in Japanese, which shape-shifts into diverse forms and has supernatural powers according to Japanese yokai folklore.

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We are in no position of making any solid meaning of the subtle clue left by Epic Games but this marks to be the first time Japan has been referenced in the game so far. Players have already ventured through history of ancient Egypt, pirate anchors and wooden carriages so far. Possibly themes of Ancient Japan might be explored or there are even chances for a time-travel. At this point, we are just spit balling and waiting for three more days to know what is waiting ahead of us all.

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Considering the game is all about building and shooting, shifting forms and appearances may be a hint for introducing stealth, which is just a wild guess from us of course. Lately, the company had been in a beef with PUBG Corporation concerning a lawsuit over copyright violation on last-man-standing shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Since that case has been dropped afterwards, Epic Games is fully back on track with newest Season for their most successful game ever.