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This week, The Deadbeat Club grabs their favorite vinyl and sits down in the lounge with their lo-fi album of choice: Cherry Peel by Of Montreal.
The Deadbeat Club returns to talk Camera Obscura’s 2009 album My Maudlin Career.
by Lucas Miller and Graham Taylor This past weekend, Blizzard hosted it's annual Blizzcon, celebrating the company's 25th anniversary. While there were no huge announcements, Blizzard fans still relished the multitude of reveals they had to offer over the course of the convention. Blizzard revealed the newest character in its competitive shooter, Overwatch. The character is none other than the hacker Sombra, who had been the subject of multiple leaks and a controversial ARG. The Overwatch animated short, “Infiltration” gives us our first glimpse of the hacker in action, showing of her in-game abilities, including invisibility, a device that allow her to warp between two points instantaneously, and, unsurprisingly, hacking into enemies to disrupt their abilities. You can see for yourself in the trailer below. Overwatch and eSports fans alike could also enjoy the announcement of the Overwatch League, a "professional eSports economy" for the game. Though no specific dates have been announced, a preseaon and full season should be here in the near future. Overwatch news aside, Blizzard announced for Diablo III that the necromancer, a fan-favorite class from Diablo II, will be making its triumphant return to the franchise. The necromancer character pack will drop early next year, allowing players to take on the mantle of the fearsome magic-wielders. Players will be able to make corpses explode, summon creatures like blood golems and skeletons, and cast curses on their enemies. However, fans won’t have to wait quite as long for the other new additions announced at the convention. Blizzard also revealed that they will be implementing a remake of the original Diablo into the newest iteration, with the release of the Darkening of Tristram content patch. The patch drops this week, so players looking for a bit of nostalgia to go with their demon slaying are in luck. Players of the developer's MOBA Heroes of the Storm also received some good news over the weekend. Two new heroes from the popular Warcraft series will soon be playable: Varian Wrynn and Ragnaros. Varian Wrynn also promises to be the first multi-class hero, either a sheild-bearing tank, or a damage dealing swordsman, which the player can select from before the match begins. It was also announced that StarCraft II would be receiving it's third and final Nova Mission pack on November 22. Aside from that, a new map is being released, and Alexi Stukov would be making an appearance in the game's co-op missions. Finally, a new expansion was announced for the popular collectible card game Hearthstone. "Mean Streets of Gadgetzan" as it's called, will be adding 132 new cards to the game, as well as introducing special multi-class cards. Even despite the lack of show-stopping announcements, this year's Blizzcon can probably be deemed successful, and will no doubt have many fans excited for next year's. Sources: Blizzard, Game Informer, Overwatch League Image: Blizzard
by Graham Taylor After years of hearing rumors about the NX console, Nintendo finally revealed it under the name Nintendo Switch. The trailer can be viewed below. The Nintendo switch will be both a home and handheld portable console. When hooked up to a TV, the Switch will function similar to other consoles and have a standard controller. “Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. To be taken on the go, the user would remove the center section of the console, which is not unlike the current Wii U Touchpad, and then used independent of the rest of the machine. This form can also be taken apart, allowing the screen to stand on its own with a kick stand and the sides put together to form a controller, or separately by two people in a classic Wiimote fashion. The trailer also showed that games would be in the form of SD card-like cartridges, similar to the 3DS. A few games they showed off were suspected to be a handful of new Splatoon, Mario, and Mario Kart games. Whether the system will be backwards compatible with the Wii U, or if some of these games are being remade, is still unknown. On top of that, some of the developers working of Switch titles include Activision, Atlus, Bandinamco, Bethesda, Capcom, FromSoftware, Konami, Platinum Games, Square Enix, TellTale, and Ubisoft, along with a slew of others. The Switch is going to be released in March 2017, and besides the trailer and press release, nothing more has been released from Nintendo. But stayed tuned to Byte, where we will be covering each new revelation. One things for sure.; if the Wii was a revolution, and the Wii U was more of a failed coup, then the Nintendo Switch aims to be a full-on insurgency. Source: Nintendo
by Graham Taylor With the release of the Pokémon Sun and Moon demo today on the Nintendo 3DS store, data miners have already found sprites to all of this generation's new Pokémon. The sprites are pictured below, so those of you worried about spoilers are advised to turn back now. The shiny sprites of each Pokémon also leaked, and the full sprite sheet can be viewed here. As can be seen above, the final evolutions of the stater Pokémon have also been revealed. This new information seems to confirm the original leak of the starter Pokémon as genuine. However, this may not be all of the new Pokémon, as the leakers suspect that not everything was in the demo. Nintendo has yet to release a statement, and with the game's release so close, it is unlikely that they will. Both versions of the game release on November 18 for the 3DS. Source: Reddit Images: Pokémon
In honor of Women’s History Month, Byte is doing a month long Byteing Question about the most iconic female characters and why they matter. Every day two writers will look at two characters that are important to them in many different ways. Today, we look at Ellie and Ryuko Matoi
If you were to tell me four years ago that the Fire Emblem series would be making a comeback I wouldn’t have believed you. The series was on a downslope in 2012 after poor sales from its last few games and a general lack of interest in another game. A final game, Fire Emblem: Awakening was planned for the 3DS for the following year and was set to finish the series proper.
Bethesda announced this morning, via a post on their website, its plans for the upcoming Fallout 4 DLC, including pricing. They are as follows.
by Byte's Editorial Staff It's the end of 2015, which means it's time to select the best games of the year. To celebrate, members of Byte's editorial board picked their favorite games to highlight. The games below are the favorites of Graham Taylor, one of Byte's Co-News Editors. 5. Hotline Miami 2 “You really enjoy hurting other people, don’t you?” The follow up to 2012’s Hotline Miami, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number had a lot to live up to. And for the most part, Wrong Number got a lot of things right. The sequel expanded on not just the story of the Hotline universe, but also the characters and setting. In one way or another, each cast member’s story intertwines with everyone else's. The soundtrack is also great, and each song feels hand-crafted for each level and is honestly one of the most enjoyable parts of the entire experience. From a gameplay point of view, not too much has changed, except with the addition of different abilities, new weapons, and bigger levels. However, lengthy stages lead to situations with many bullets being fired at the player from offscreen. That being said, when a level is done well, it is done incredibly well, allowing players to power through on both careful planning and quick thinking, and providing a visceral challenge. Despite some shortcomings, Hotline Miami 2 is a fantastic piece of neon-filtered, synth-popped ultraviolence. 4. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain “Such a lust for revenge!” Metal Gear Solid V has a lot of problems as a Metal Gear Solid game. But as just a game, it is one of the best I’ve played this year. The open world is alive and well made, and provides a variety of ways to tackle each mission. True to the series, you can go through the whole game silent and undetected, but this time around, you are given access to not only buddies, but also an entire private army to use at your disposal. So for players who prefer to go for the loud approach, there are many, many ways to go loud. However, long time fans of the series will be sorely disappointed plot wise. It simply isn’t there when compared to is story-dense predecessors. There’s too little, too thinly spread, and on top of that, it cuts off right in the middle of the plot, leaving it all the more unsatisfying. So go into Metal Gear Solid V for it’s excellent gameplay and open world, just don’t expect much from the plot. Otherwise, you will be the one feeling the phantom pain. 3. Until Dawn “Well, it's definitely creepy down here.” Until Dawn is, simply put, a love letter to slasher flicks in the form of a game. Drawing from all different genres of horror, Until Dawn sets up our cast of unfortunate teenagers in a cabin in the a Canadian wilderness during a blizzard. Of course some things start to go wrong, and our group suddenly finds themselves fending for their lives against, ghosts, psychopaths, monsters, and more in a style reminiscent of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. And while it’s nice seeing the story tackle all of these style, unfortunately the story isn’t long enough to completely flesh out each of these scenes. However, as the story goes on and the and the plot gets more focused, this problem fades away. Besides the minor issues with the genre-juggling the story is solid enough. The characters are well written with just the right amount of camp, and there are enough twists and turns to keep players interested in the eight hour romp. This and the fact that any of the characters can die make for a tense, terrific time. 2. Bloodborne “A night of curses, a night to remember!” From From Software, the studio behind the Souls series, Bloodborne takes that series’s established style and runs in another direction with it. Enemy encounters are brutal and difficult, and death comes quickly and often, and Bloodborne’s gameplay emphasizes speedy movements, aggressive attacks, and taking risks. Not only is the combat by itself satisfying, but the plethora of different enemies and bosses is the icing on the cake. The designs and art direction for both enemies and the world is phenomenal. Yharnam is a dark, disturbing, and yet oddly beautiful place. To make things better, the creatures that dwell within this world only help to amplify the already grotesque tone, and the presentation only furthers these unsettling feeling. Few things convey an actual sense of dread in me, but Bloodborne was able to do it more than once. The atmosphere it creates on top of the gameplay makes this an easy addition to the list. 1. Undertale “You’re filled with determination!” Play it once. Then play it again. And again. That’s all there is to say about it. Well, I guess I can say a bit more. Undertale is simply put, a charming, well written game. The story is great, the characters are fantastic, and the writing is incredible. Between the off beat humor and the surprisingly dark drama, each scene had me wanting more. Add that to a solid gameplay combination of turn-based RPGs and bullet-hell shoot em’ ups, and you have my favorite game of 2015. Not to mention, the soundtrack is beyond perfect; each area has a memorable tune and each boss has an incredible theme. I could go on for a few more paragraphs about my love for Undertale, but I instead just urge you to play it for yourself. You’re gonna have to trust me one this, but try going into this game as blindly as you can. Don’t look up any plot points or anything if you can avoid it, because it will only improve your experience. There isn’t much more to say, other than if you play it, you are going to have a good time.
On December 3, 2015, the second annual Game Awards were held in Los Angeles. Produced by Geoff Keighley, who formerly produced the Spike Video Game Awards, the awards are a celebration of some of the best things the industry has to offer. 22 awards were given away, with six of them being Fan Favorite categories. The categories, nominees and winners are as follow.
After a New Danganronpa V3 was announced at the Tokyo Game Show in September, fans have been waiting for more information. Well, Team Danganronpa has delivered. On December 1, they announced not only more details about the game, but also an entirely new, original anime series as well: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak.
In a press release by Rooster Teeth, it was announced that RTX, Rooster Teeth's annual convention, would be held from July 1 through July 3, 2016. RTX 2016 is heading back to the Austin Convention Center, and would be partnering with ScrewAttack's SGC convention. This comes after the news of Rooster Teeth acquiring ScrewAttack.Tickets will go on sale sometime next year, and will come in the form of one day, three day, and VIP passes. Gus Sorola, Rooster Teeth co-founder and co-director of RTX, had this to say:"RTX 2015 was our biggest, best show yet. We moved beyond just utilizing the convention center and incorporated other downtown venues with huge success. Looking forward to 2016, we are going to continue to see record growth and amazing programming. We can't wait to share our vision with the world...again."RTX has been going on yearly since 2011, and focuses on video gaming and internet culture. SGC is similarly a gaming convention hosted in Texas, promoting themselves as the "greatest party in gaming." Now that they have joined forces with Rooster Teeth, the event is set to even bigger, with more information to be released as the convention dates gets closer.-----Source: Rooster TeethImages: Wikipedia, RoosterTeeth
This week the editors convene once again. They discuss the callout culture in journalism, their online personas and their most influential video games. Check it out!Hosts: Chase Streetman, Graham Taylor, Aidan HallEdited By: Aidan Hall
Rooster Teeth announced on October 21, through a press release, that their crowdfunded sci-fi comedy film LAZER TEAM will be available through the recently unveiled YouTube Red service in 2016 [link to our story about YouTube Red]. While there is still no release date for either the YouTube Red launch or the theatrical premier, this will allow fans from all over the world to enjoy the film.Matt Hullum, Rooster Teeth co-founder and CEO, had this to say about the announcement:"Rooster Teeth is thrilled to partner with YouTube to bring LAZER TEAM to this exciting new platform. We want to make sure that LAZER TEAM reaches the broadest audience possible, and that our fans worldwide have easy access to watch it anytime, anywhere. YouTube's powerful digital distribution channel ensures that this will happen."With this, YouTube is taking its first steps to investing in new original shows and movies, hoping to be a more committed platform for content creators. Susanne Daniels, the Global Head of Original Programming for YouTube has said this about the partnership:"From creating numerous, award-winning online Web series to hosting its own annual gaming and fan convention attended by thousands of fans, Rooster Teeth is a comedy powerhouse on YouTube. We can't wait to bring LAZER TEAM to their passionate community of fans on YouTube."With LAZER TEAM currently holding the record for highest-funded Indiegogo movie after raising over $2.5 million for the films production, this is great news for all of those people who contributed from around the world, and may not have had the chance to see the film right away when it released here in America. Now it will be easier than ever for fans to access this movie when it comes out.LAZER TEAM stars Rooster Teeth's own Bernie Burns, Gavin Free and Michael Jones, as well as Colton Dunn, Allie DeBerry and Alan Ritchson. The story follows four unlikely heroes (Burns, Free, Jones and Dunn) who happen upon alien artifacts, which grant each of them a unique power. Together, they form the titular Lazer Team, and are tasked with saving the world from an imminent alien invasion.The movie was produced by Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen Films, directed by Matt Hullum, and written by Burnie Burns, Chris Demarais and Joshua Flanagan. There is still no confirmed release date, but it is planned to premier in 2016.-----Source: Rooster TeethImage: Rooster Teeth
On Monday, October 19, the last trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was televised and uploaded to YouTube. After only 12 hours of the video being live, it broke 10 million views. It is clear that Star Wars fans are ready to return to a galaxy far, far away.
With Fallout 4's release little less than a month away, Bethesda is in full swing hyping of the fanbase. Besides the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. trailers, they have been releasing, which detail the game's stat system, they also just released a live action trailer.
The highly popular soccer/racing mash-up Rocket League will be getting spooky this Halloween season. Developer Psyonix will be incorporating a new DLC patch on October 18 for free.Included in the patch will be six new customization option to unlock for you car. This includes three different monster-themed antennas, a new set of wheels, a candy corn rocket trail, and a pumpkin topper. Players will have the chance to unlock these sweet parts, along with the normal collection add-ons, after completing a match.Unfortunately, this will be a limited time offer. Anything not unlocked by November 2 will be unavailable until next fall. However, players will be able to keep and use whatever they unlocked forever. Rocket League is available for PS4, PC, Mac, and Linux.-----Source: PlayStation BlogImage: PlayStation Blog