eSports Weekend Calendar: February 27 – March 1, 2015

When we usually have four eSports in the eSports Weekend Calendar, the fourth one is usually CS:GO. This time, the fourth eSport is Heroes of the Storm. I’ve been playing it for the last week or so and I absolutely love it so I’m hoping it succeeds as an eSport. A lot of players over on the subreddit don’t share my optimism which is odd considering that I’m seldom an optimistic guy.

Anyway, besides the MOBA HOTS, there’s the RTS HOTS in action this weekend as GSL wraps up its Round of 16 and WCS finishes the Round of 32 in StarCraft II. There’s also a full slate of League of Legends and Dota 2 action as well.

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Comic Book Pull List for February 25, 2015

suiciders-1Do you remember former professional wrestling star and world champion CM Punk? His somewhat awaited debut as a comic writer is this week as he contributes one of three stories to Thor Annual #1. Ironically, the former Straight Edge Saviour’s contribution involves Thor in a drinking contest.

Elsewhere, DC Comics debuts a new comic in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles that has spawned a new blood sport where people battle for survival in Suiciders #1. And another TV property is being translated to print. Canadian sci-fi show Orphan Black gets a new miniseries in the comic realm in Orphan Black #1.

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Game Trailers Roundup for February 23, 2015

Another week, another roundup of all the latest trailers for upcoming games. We have a few launch trailers, including trailers for Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse and Frozen Cortex (review coming soon). We also have a few teaser trailers for some upcoming triple-As if that’s more your speed.

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Turtle Rocks Wants to Remind You that People are Playing Evolve with This Infographic

It’s been almost two weeks since Evolve, the 2014 Best of E3 and so far unlikely to be 2015 Game of the Year, hit shelves and already I’ve seen a few people online mention that they’re already having long waits to get into games on PC. So when Turtle Rock and 2K came out with a “by the numbers” look back at the first week of Evolve, it serves as a bit of a reminder that the game is out now that the hype has died down.

There are few interesting tidbits of information from this infographic. While the battle between the Hunters and Monsters is pretty balanced overall, Turtle Rock’s statistics back up my beta Impressions claim about the early game vs. late game battle. The Monster loses some 89% of games settled in Stage 1 but wins 77% of games that reach Stage 3. It also notes that almost six million 4v1 games were played in the first seven days since release.

For this and more information about Evolve, we have a handy infographic.

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Geek Links of the Week

The first picture of Jason Momoa as Aquaman has been released. It’s probably just me but Aquaman looks like Kal Drogo with a trident… [Variety]

How big is eSports getting? Bill Simmons’ website sent some to the Apex Super Smash Bros. tournament to cover it. [Hollywood Prospectus]

I hope you don’t own a new Lenovo laptop. The pre-installed Superfish software leaves Lenovo users open to pretty bad man-in-the-middle attacks. [The Verge]

In last week’s Geek Links, we mentioned the backlash over the failure of Peter Molyneux’s Godus. Double Fine’s Tim Schafer didn’t like the backlash and thought it was out of proportion. By the way, Tim, where’s Broken Age? [Ars Technica]

Sony’s latest sales scheme? Saying that an SD Card allows for premium audio. That’s a storage device that enhances audio. How? [PC World]

ClusterPuck 99 Review: Drop The Puck

clusterpuck-99-headerIf there’s one complaint that I have as a primarily PC gamer, it’s that there aren’t many sports games on the PC. Sure, there’s FIFA and NBA 2K but there’s no Madden, no MLB (okay, it’s basically PlayStation exclusive but you know what I’m getting at) and no NHL. That last one’s really burning me because I willingly played those NHL game re-skins that EA was putting out for PC from NHL 07 to NHL 09. And, no, eSports doesn’t count because the vs. AI modes of MOBAs and CS:GO aren’t particularly fun and the AI kicks my ass repeatedly at SC2.

And that brings me to ClusterPuck 99. With sports games lacking on PC and licenses for pro sports costing an obscene amount of money, devs have to be creative with sports games. And that’s exactly what PHL Collective have done with ClusterPuck 99. They’ve taken the important parts of hockey and soccer and distilled it down to the essential experience. Then they went mental and added spikes and turbo pads and death. You know, the important part of sport.

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eSports Weekend Calendar: February 20 – 22, 2015

It looks like the three Asian leagues (LCK, LPL and LMS) all have this week off from competition so League fans will only have NA and EU LCS to watch this weekend. Granted, that’s not a bad thing for people on this side of the world where the other championships are on in the middle of the night. To make up for it, there’s lots of Dota on this weekend. There’s the MLG Pro League and Major All Stars tournament this weekend for you to watch. And SC2 fans have WCS Round of 32 this weekend from Cologne. If I’m not busy working on reviews or columns, I’ll be watching that.

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Comic Book Pull List for February 18, 2015

red-sojna-100Let’s start today’s pull list with a special milestone issue. Dynamite is celebrating its 100th issue of Red Sonja with a special double-sized issue of Red Sojna #100 featuring some of the great writers from the comic’s past with Dynamite putting together what the publisher calls a five-story anthology in the issue.

Elsewhere, a new hero joins the Spidey-verse as Cindy Moon takes up the mantle of New York’s newest superhero as Silk in Silk #1. And Earth-10 has been taken over by the Nazis after they won that universe’s version of World War II and held control thanks to Overman. But what happens when the people start fighting back in Multiversity: Masterman #1.7?

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Battlefield Hardline Open Beta Impressions: Arrested Development

battlefield-hardline-bannerIt’s been about seven months since we last seen Battlefield Hardline. Back in June, EA tried to capitalize on the post-E3 hype of the BFH reveal by almost immediately launching an early beta of two game modes and one map for the upcoming game. At that point in time, the game was due for an October 2014 release.

In the time following that beta, EA, DICE and Visceral announced that the game would be pushed back five months to March 2015. As February began, EA took Hardline back to beta one more time in order to get a last big batch of feedback before it is launched in March. It looks like some lessons from the first beta were learned by Visceral has many more to take into account over the next month.

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Game Trailers Roundup for February 17, 2015

If you don’t live in certain parts of Canada, you may not know that yesterday was a statutory holiday. Sure, I was still working at my day job but I took yesterday off from blogging to catch up on some gaming and writing. So let’s start today with a usual Monday post pushed back to Tuesday morning.

To make up for being a day late, we have nine trailers for you to watch today. It’s everything from release and announcement trailers for indie games to updates to major releases.

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