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  • Elder Scrolls Online Gets New Housing Patch

    elder scrolls online housingA previously PC-exclusive update for Elder Scrolls Online has finally made it's way to the Xbox One and the PS4. The update in question adds housing to the world of ESO for the first time since the game's release.

    The new free update is called Homestead and with it, players will be able to purchase their very own home to call their own. Once a home is purchased, a player can customize the interior in a variety of different ways. The Homestead options available include roughly 40 different rooms and buildings types, ranging in size, price and functionality.

    All of the available player houses in Homestead are instanced, so every player can own their own version of any house they please in the game world, so long as they've got the gold for it of course.

    The very high-end houses are essentially separate islands off of the mainland of Tamriel. There are ten different types of islands, all of which are themed around one of the 10 playable races in Elder Scrolls Online.

    With the introduction of housing, players now have the opportunity to craft new items - all of the 2,000 different decorative interior items can be bought, crafted and traded between players.

    This is by no means a necessary update for Elder Scrolls Online so to see that it's been pushed out for free is refreshing and we're excited to see what might come out of the Elder Scrolls Online development camp next.

  • New Battlefield 1 Guns in DLC Test Servers

    battlefield 1 they shall not passBattlefield 1 is soon going to be receiving an arsenal of new weapons as part of the next upcoming DLC for the game. A lot of the new weapons have already made their way onto the public test servers so we've already got plenty of information to share on the new guns.

    All of the new guns will be a part of the 'They Shall Not Pass' DLC pack. In total, there will be 11 new weapons included in the new DLC - some are completely new, while others are modifications or variations of existing guns. There also seems to be a total of three new melee weapons coming to Battlefield 1.

    The three melee weapons are a Nail Knife, a Trench Fleur and a Cogwheel Club. Like the other weapons in the base game of Battlefield 1, none of the new guns or melee weapons will be available straight out of the gate. Players will need to unlock the weapons, either via specific challenges or in some cases purchasing them with skill points.

    The new weapons will be released to the public in March - it's not been 100% confirmed yet but it's likely that the weapons will be exclusive to those who own the season pass and those who purchase the They Shall Not Pass DLC.

    On top of including new weapons, They Shall Not Pass will include a number of new maps, the playable French faction, new game modes and two new tanks.

  • Nintendo Switch Availability May Be Limited

    nintendo switch availability 2017Because of the popularity surrounding the Nintendo Switch, getting hold of a console on launch day may prove to be a little difficult. Currently, most Nintendo Switch consoles are being picked up via pre-orders, so if you're interested in picking up the console too, it's advisable to do this as well.

    Alternatively, if you're planning to pick up a Nintendo Switch on launch day, you may be better off heading to the midnight launch. GameStop merchandising director Bub Puzon has mentioned that "We will have a limited supply of the Nintendo Switch systems on launch day for walk-in customers. Our teams made this happen. I would strongly suggest customers plan on attending one of our midnight launch events for a shot at securing one of these extra units. They will go fast!"

    As you can imagine, this ethos is likely to be replicated with most other retailers and online stores.

    The Nintendo Switch is set to release on March 3 - so far there is a total of 39 different games that have been confirmed for the platform. To begin with, however, just six titles will be available at launch. The six launch titles are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2-Switch, Super Bomberman R, Just Dance 2017, Skylanders Imaginators and I Am Setsuna. All six games will retail for between $40-$60, while the Switch itself will be on sale for $300.

    A number of other games are set to release throughout the remainder of 2017, with Super Mario Odyssey landing during the 2017 Holiday period.

  • Street Fighter Red Bull Kumite 2017 is Happening

    street fighter red bull kumiteRed Bull is hosting yet another Street Fighter tournament this year, and the player roster just keeps getting better. If you're at all interested in watching Street Fighter V, the Red Bull Kumite 2017 tournament is something worth looking out for.

    The tournament will take place on May 27 - during the event, a total of 256 players will compete for a chance to win a grand prize. On May 28, any winners from the previous days and any prestigious players lucky to have received an invite will fight it out till the grand finals later that day.

    So far we have a total of eight professional players have been invited to the Red Bull Kumite event. The first four to receive their invitations were Tokido, Xiao Hai, PR Balrog, and RB. The biggest name to stand out here is, of course, Tokido - a player that has already battled his way to the grand finals of two previous Kumite events from Red Bull.

    A couple of days after the first four players were announced, four new players were brought into the mix by Red Bull. These four are Nemo, Infexious, Mister Crimson, and Bonchan. All of these players have come a long way in their respective fighting game communities so it'll be very exciting to see them all battle it out in Street Fighter V during the tournament at the end of May.

    Are you excited for this? We'll keep you updated with any more player announcements as they happen.

  • No Halo Wars 2 Competitive Ranking Yet

    halo wars 2 competitive rankingHalo Wars 2 is now available for Xbox One and Windows 10, across most regions. So far, critics have taken a liking to the real-time strategy game sequel, but the game isn't quite complete.

    If you were a diehard Halo Wars fan, you'll know that a big part of the multiplayer aspect focused on the leaderboards and ranking system. Thousands of players would compete to be the very best, and this kind of competitive atmosphere helped to keep the Halo Wars name alive strong after the initial release date.

    In Halo Wars 2 there isn't a competitive ranking system at launch, but it's for what we think is a good reason. David Nicholson, the executive producer at Creative Assembly, mentioned that they decided not to add competitive ranking at launch, "Because we want to make sure the balance is there. We think we've got the game well-balanced, with the two betas we had. But we continually make those balance changes. Our plan is to bring it out, but just not at launch."

    This means that any balancing oversights the developers may have missed during beta will be ironed out before they launch their competitive matchmaking system. So far no details on how the ranking system will work, but we'd imagine it would be a more modernized version of the original Halo Wars leaderboards, as opposed to the kind of system currently seen in Halo 5: Guardians.

    We'll have to wait to see how things pan out - for now, the rest of Halo Wars 2 is readily available for all to enjoy.

  • Difference Between Modded Controller and Pro Controller

    evilcontrollers pro controllerIn the gaming world, two new types of controllers have started to emerge. Besides the standard official controllers, we now have modded controllers and pro controllers.

    Understanding the differences between each of these controllers is sometimes hard, but the differences are important to understand. Whilst both modded controllers and pro controllers may share similar qualities, modded controllers can often include features that would disqualify players from professional events. Pro controllers, on the other hand, have advantages, but they’re perfectly fine to use in professional events, LANs and esports tournaments.

    Programmable buttons and macros

    Pro controllers can have additional buttons and button mapping, but they can’t give players any abilities that wouldn’t be available to a player with a standard controller. As soon as buttons become programmable, it’s considered a modded controller.

    By programmable, we’re talking about macros and combos. If you can program your controller to perform a combo with the tap of one button, it’d be unfair to use against other players on a competitive level.

    Below, we’ve listed some of the things that are okay to be included in a pro controller.

    - Improved D-pads or joysticks with better precision
    - Improved button quality
    - Additional buttons, such as the paddles on the Xbox One Elite
    - Hair Trigger Locks, or improved triggers
    - Button re-mapping

    As you can see, most of these changes are simply better quality variants of the standard controller. It’s like using a mouse with a more accurate sensor or a keyboard with faster response times.

    All of the above are almost entirely hardware-related, with the exception being button re-mapping. With button re-mapping players can change their control layout, so for example, a kick in Street Fighter V could be changed from the B button to the trigger button.

    If your controller gives you a distinct advantage, especially on a software level, it’s most likely considered a modded controller.
    - Macros that can go faster than standard trigger presses, such as rapid fire
    - Macros to automate combos or certain buttons
    - Auto run or automating different actions
    - Macros to take advantage of skill-based actions like quick reloads

    Most of these changes affect gameplay in some way. In some cases, they remove elements of skill from your gameplay in other cases they make it possible to do things even the most skilled players can’t do. In this case, modded controllers would give pro games an unfair advantage.

    If you’d like to learn more about the differences between modded and pro controllers and see what controller could fit your playstyle, take a look through the ‘pro’ and ‘modded’ sections on our website.

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  • NBA eLeague is Coming

    NBA eleague 2018NBA fans rejoice, Take-Two and The NBA have just announced an eLeague for their NBA video games. The esports league will focus on the NBA 2K game series and will open up the opportunity for players to compete at a competitive level for monetary prizes.

    "We believe we have a unique opportunity to develop something truly special for our fans and the young and growing eSports community. We look forward to combining our best-in-class NBA sports team operators with Take-Two's competitive gaming expertise to create a brand new league experience."

    Don't worry, the real NBA league will still go ahead unaffected, but this branching off by NBA and the subsequent partnering with Take-Two will open up new opportunities, specifically for those that play NBA 2K competitively.

    The league will start in 2018. 30 teams will take part in the league and each NBA franchise has been set the task to scout out players for their teams. Each team will have 5 players in total. Interestingly, players will not be able to use existing players in the league and will instead be forced to create their own avatars to represent themselves.

    "Through the NBA 2K series, which is renowned throughout the world for capturing the authenticity of the NBA and the passion of its fans, we have a proven track record of highly successful collaboration. With this new venture, Take-Two and the NBA aim to fuel the accelerating growth of eSports and take the thrill of competition to exciting new heights."

  • Resident Evil 7 DLC Out Today

    resident evil 7 banned footageA brand new Resident Evil 7 DLC pack is now available on the PlayStation 4.

    After the launch on January 24, Resident Evil 7 has already received its second DLC expansion. This new expansion has been named Banned Footage Vol. 2 and it follows the first Banned Footage volume. The new DLC includes 2 missions and a new 'comical' game mode.

    The first new mission in the new Resident Evil 7 DLC is called 21 Scenario, which Capcom has provided a small description for. "Gamble life and limb in a deadly game run by Lucas Baker."

    The second mission in the new DLC is called Daughters Scenario and this serves as a prequel to the storyline in the missions in the base game.

    The new game mode that's been bundled with the DLC expansion is named Jack's 55th Birthday, in which players are tasked with feeding Jack Baker, the main villain in Resident Evil 7, with large amounts of food. It sounds odd, but it's surprisingly enjoyable and equally as hilarious.

    Currently, the Resident Evil 7 Banned Footage Vol. 2 DLC is only available on the PlayStation 4. It will remain exclusive to the PS4 until February 21, at which point the DLC will be released on Xbox One and PC. The original Banned Footage Vol.1 DLC is still only available on PS4, but volume 1 will be released alongside the new DLC on February 21 as well.

    Are you interested in the new Resident Evil 7 DLC?

  • Fnatic and AS Roma Partner to Create FIFA eSports Team

    fnatic AS roma fifa teamFnatic and AS Roma are giants from the esports and soccer world, respectively, and now they have partnered up to create a brand new FIFA esports team.

    Sports organizations have been stepping into the esports world a lot recently, and this recent partnership between Fnatic and AS Roma showcases that these new ventures aren't going to be slowing down anytime soon. Despite FIFA not quite reaching the global stage like CS:GO, Overwatch or League of Legends, AS Roma's passion for the world of soccer has helped Fnatic to source a team of professional FIFA players.

    Aman "Aman" Seddiqi, Sam "Poacher" Carmody and Nicolo' "Insa" Mirra will now all be part of the Fnatic/AS Roma FIFA team, being lead by manager Colin Johnson. Fnatics' role will be to "manage the team and offer support for training, events and provide all esports-related logistical knowledge to nurture them," whilst AS Roma are simply looking to expand their club's reach into the esports world.

    AS Roma play in the Italian league Serie A and they have been around since 1927. They are one of the most successful Italian football clubs on the planet so this new FIFA esports announcement is big news.

    AS Roma team president Jim Pallotta mentioned, "With the tremendous growth of eSports and continued attention placed on games like FIFA, we've partnered with Fnatic, the world's leading eSports organization, to launch our eSports team. This joint venture will enable us to start building a strong legacy in eSports and engage our fans in exciting new ways."

  • Are Pro Controllers, Modded Controllers?

    evilcontrollers modded controllersThe industry for pro controllers is growing at a tremendous pace, and it’s no surprise when you consider how fast esports is growing too. Many players are often confused about pro controllers and whilst they add new functionality over standard controllers they are not considered to be ‘modded’ controllers.

    In this article, we explain why pro controllers are in fact not modded and why you can use pro controllers in tournaments or esports events.

    On the surface, pro controllers come with a wide range of benefits - they have additional buttons, button re-mapping and the quality of the buttons, D-pad, joysticks, and triggers are often a lot higher than standard controllers.

    There’s no denying that pro controllers offer better precision for skilled gamers, but they do not include any ‘mods’ or affect gameplay whatsoever.

    On the other side of the fence, modded controllers have specific ‘mods’ that can be used to get an in-game edge over other players. These mods could include programmable macros that can automate button presses or rapid fire buttons that can simulate button presses faster than humanly possible. By providing these features, modded controllers can automate certain processes and remove a large amount of skill from games.

    Pro controllers do not remove any level of skill from gameplay - their buttons, triggers, and joysticks may offer better precision and therefore provide responses more accurate to what a player is inputting, but all elements of gameplay are still reliant on the player’s skill.

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