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1:15 PM on 07.20.2014

The biggest esports tournament in history continues

Note: there will be no spoilers in this post for day one or two, but expect them in the comments!  Yesterday was as exciting as it was heartbreaking for some, but that's just the way things go when over $10 million is on...

Patrick Hancock

12:00 PM on 07.19.2014

Day 2 of The International is live, let's talk about it!

First of all, don't worry I won't spoil anything from yesterday here. There will, however, be spoilers in the comments! Yesterday was an intense start to The International 2014, with great teams like DK, Newbee, and EG playin...

Patrick Hancock





7:30 PM on 07.17.2014

SanctuaryRPG is now available and name-your-own-price!

SanctuaryRPG, a combination of roguelikes and JRPGS with ASCII graphics, is available now and best of all, you can pay whatever you want! After playing for the past few days, I heavily recommend laying down some cash for this...

Patrick Hancock

1:00 PM on 07.08.2014

The Dota 2 International 2014 wildcard round is underway

The day has finally arrived! The biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year is about to officially begin! Today, four wildcard teams will battle it out for one remaining position in the tournament and their shot at a pri...

Patrick Hancock

9:00 PM on 07.04.2014

There will be a newbie-friendly stream for Dota 2's International tournament

The 2014 website for The International Dota 2 Championships is now live, and with it comes some great new information. The best of which is that there will be a specific stream for players brand new to the esport. This s...

Patrick Hancock



Review: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II photo
Review: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II
by Patrick Hancock

The first Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing wasn't a bad game, however it did have crippling technical issues that held it back. Those issues have since been fixed, and developer Neocore Games has learned a lot in the process, it seems.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II does what a sequel is known for and improves on the core idea of Van Helsing while adding enough content to justify a sequel. If you're a fan of "ARPGs," your ears should be perking up right about now.

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6:35 AM on 06.27.2014

Dota 2 International prize pool now at $10 million

The Dota 2 prize pool for the upcoming International 2014 tournament is now at $10 million dollars. With zeroes that looks like this: $10,000,000. All of the newly added stretch goals have been reached, the most recent ...

Patrick Hancock

5:15 PM on 06.19.2014

Team Fortress 2's Love & War update detailed, let's talk about it

I'll assume everyone has already seen the Team Fortress 2 animated short that Valve put out yesterday and have been very excited to jump back into TF2. Today, the Love & War update has been more detailed, with new weapons and GIGANTIC balance changes. Let's chat about them, shall we?

Patrick Hancock



What the Mortal Kombat X trailer tells us and hints at photo
What the Mortal Kombat X trailer tells us and hints at
by Patrick Hancock

Our first glimpse of Mortal Kombat X (MKX) came today in the form of a presumably CG teaser trailer. Some people don't think that the trailer served much of a purpose, since it didn't explicitly state what we can expect in the upcoming installment of the series.

Well, I do believe that some people said the same thing about the original Street Fighter IV trailer, which was subsequently dissected and found to reveal quite a bit about the game. Don't get me wrong, I hate modern-day trailers just as much as most. There have been times where I can't distinguish one trailer from another, or times where I don't know what game is being advertised until the very end, let alone what that game plays like. 

If I've learned anything about videogames, it's that good developers never do anything on accident. This MKX trailer includes certain aspects which I don't think are just there to look pretty.

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12:00 PM on 05.22.2014

SpyParty adds five more characters to its roster

I've always had a strange relationship with the characters from SpyParty. With the old "basic" character models, there really isn't much detail or emotion put into any one character. Yet, I always find myself saying things li...

Patrick Hancock

11:00 PM on 05.20.2014

The International 4 prizepool passes $6M, new stretch goals added

The Dota 2 community, along with most MOBAs, gets a bad rap for being mean jerks. While yes, there are plenty of mean jerks out there, it's moments like these that prove that we can really band together to...spend money....

Patrick Hancock

5:00 PM on 05.17.2014

The International 2014's prize pool has reached $5.5 million

The penultimate stretch goal, environmental effects, has been reached for Dota 2's International 2014 tournament after only a single week of raising money. Nearly $4,000,000 has been contributed by the community, making ...

Patrick Hancock

6:00 PM on 05.10.2014

The Dota 2 Compendium for The International 2014 is now live

The time has come to for Dota 2 players all around the world to spend their $9.99 in preparation for this year's International tournament! Buying the Dota 2 Compendium grants the purchaser a slew of things, much mor...

Patrick Hancock







Musings on the Dota 2 6.81 patch photo
Musings on the Dota 2 6.81 patch
by Patrick Hancock

A new update just hit Dota 2, and it brought with it another slew of balance changes in the form of the 6.81 patch. Buffs and nerfs abound, and the future of the game has changed once again. Many have claimed that the 6.80 version of the game was really damn good, and I would certainly agree. Changes had to be made to certain Heroes though, and Icefrog is not one to keep us waiting for long.

I'm not including every single change here, but I have included the ones I feel are worth talking about. I'm also not talking about the bug fixes specifically, but let it be known that the Dota 2 team at Valve really went all out for fixing so many bugs in this patch, including ones that they just introduced (like the Vengeful Spirit bug)!

And please! Let's discuss this patch in the comments. We're already seeing some interesting tournament picks (Sniper?!) which is exciting!

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6:30 PM on 04.29.2014

Dota 2's 'Spring Cleaning' update now live

The Spring Cleaning update for Dota 2, which seemingly was announced a little bit earlier than Valve wanted, is now live on the main client of the game. A metric butt-ton of bugfixes are included, along with new chests and ba...

Patrick Hancock



The Darkest Dungeon gods were kind to me photo
The Darkest Dungeon gods were kind to me
by Patrick Hancock

Hot off its huge Kickstarter success, Darkest Dungeon is already in a playable-enough state to have a demo at PAX East 2014. Although the demo was only a short snippet of what's to come, it was easy to get a sense of the themes Red Hook is shooting for with this roguelike RPG. 

It looks great, it plays like a strategy-RPG, and its structure was likened to XCOM: Enemy Unknown. This game is brilliant.

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