Hearthstone’s Raven on His Path to Becoming a Caster

Hearthstone’s Raven on His Path to Becoming a Caster

Hearthstone’s competitive scene has evolved significantly over the last 12 months, thanks, in part to Blizzard actively trying to grow it as an esport. That has meant new competitions, globe-trotting events and higher production values. While all that changed, however, a handful of things stayed the same, such as the core casting personalities who provide insight into high-level play during tournaments, and keep the broadcasts entertaining when players are simply thinking. Among those personalities is the UK’s Raven, who – usually paired with Sottle, also from the UK – has an easygoing style all his own. I caught up with him at the World Championship finals in Amsterdam (you can watch the final day of competition here) to find out how he became a caster, how he sees his role and what it’s like doing this for a living. Continue reading…
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Metal Gear Survive Has Microtransactions

Metal Gear Survive Has Microtransactions

Konami has confirmed Metal Gear Survive will require a constant online connection and include a microtransaction system. As reported by GameSpot—after attending a preview session—the survival action game will require you to have an internet connection at all times, even if you’re playing solo. According to Konami, this is to “support a seamless integration between single player and co-op,” and enable the studio to deliver “ongoing content post-launch.” Additionally, Metal Gear Survive will have microtransactions through an online store where players can use real money to purchase in-game currency that can be used to buy things like Boost Passes. The virtual currency can also be acquired by simply playing the game. Continue reading…
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Nike Reveals Limited Edition PlayStation-Themed Basketball Shoes

Nike Reveals Limited Edition PlayStation-Themed Basketball Shoes

It doesn’t matter if you follow basketball, if you’re a fan of Paul George, or if you’re into sneakers. The Nike PG-2 PlayStation colorway shoe has enough going on to bring out the inner sneakerhead in all of us. Paul George, superstar forward now playing with OKC, is a long-time fan of the PlayStation platform. On the official PlayStation blog, he recalls one of his fondest memories is receiving a PS2 from his father for Christmas. “I’d been dropping hints left and right because I knew that was it. That was the next big thing,” he wrote. His passion for PlayStation was rivaled by his desire to someday have his own Nike sneakers. “I’d make sketches of what I wanted my Nike shoes to look like,” he said. Continue reading…
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Netflix's Castlevania: Season 2 to Premiere This Summer

Netflix's Castlevania: Season 2 to Premiere This Summer

The second season of Netflix’s animated Castlevania show will debut sometime this summer, according to series writer Warren Ellis. “We’re coming back this summer, for eight episodes,” Ellis said in a post on Twitter. Netflix renewed the show for a second season in July of last year, announcing Season 2 will have double the episode count of the show’s four-episode first season. Castlevania follows the final surviving member of the Belmont clan as he seeks to thwart the efforts of Vlad Dracula Tepe and save Eastern Europe. For our thoughts on the animated series, read IGN’s Castlevania: Season 1 review. Continue reading…
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Daily Deals: PS4 Pro Battlefront, Detective Pikachu 2DS XL and Super-Sized amiibo

Daily Deals: PS4 Pro Battlefront, Detective Pikachu 2DS XL and Super-Sized amiibo

Welcome to IGN’s Daily Deals, your source for the best deals on the stuff you actually want to buy. If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use. Like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter to get the latest deals. Playstation 4 Pro 1TB Star Wars Battlefront II Bundle for $399 Continue reading…
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Breaking Bad Turns 10: Rian Johnson on the Show's Legacy

Breaking Bad Turns 10: Rian Johnson on the Show's Legacy

Before he took the helm of the biggest movie franchise in the world and delivered Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson was just a humble indie director (okay, he’s still pretty humble) who made a small screen splash by directing three of the best episodes of one of the best TV shows of all time — AMC’s Breaking Bad. The Emmy-winning drama, created by Vince Gilligan, charted the rise and fall of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a nebbish high school chemistry teacher who evolved into a remorseless drug kingpin, becoming one of the most iconic antiheroes to ever grace our screens. His desolate world — located in Albuquerque, New Mexico — was populated by countless memorable characters (including one who got his own spinoff), but Walt’s partner in crime was one of his former students, the lovable and perpetually troubled Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Continue reading…
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Opinion: Nintendo Labo Is the Switch's Ace in the Hole

Opinion: Nintendo Labo Is the Switch's Ace in the Hole

My reaction as I watched the reveal of Nintendo’s latest (literal) out-of-the-box idea, Nintendo Labo, was as follows: “What the f…?” “No way.” “THAT’S AMAZING!” I suspect I’m not alone in that, particularly among parents, and it’s probably exactly what Nintendo was hoping for. And while I haven’t yet physically tried Labo, on paper (pardon the pun) it’s an incredible idea that doesn’t just go a long way towards answering the question of, “After an amazing 2017, what will Nintendo do for an encore in 2018?” It also potentially adds a Wii-like level of mass-market appeal to a Nintendo Switch console that has already won over core gamers. In short, it is the best of both worlds for the Redmond-based giant, who, for better or for worse, never fails to surprise us. Continue reading…
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